Two people were killed Tuesday and several others were wounded in south Lebanon during clashes between supporters of Sheikh Ahmad Assir and the Resistance Brigades, a pro-Hezbollah group, security sources told The Daily Star.
The fighting broke out after members of the Resistance Brigades opened fire outside the Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque, where Assir holds sermons, the sources said.
They said that around 12 rocket-propelled grenades were also fired at the town of Abra, which lies east of the southern coastal city of Sidon. It was not yet clear who fired the grenades, the sources added.
The Lebanese Army, which had been stationed around the mosque, has withdrawn from the area, they said. The military also blocked the road to Abra.
Earlier during the day, a man identified as Mahmoud Al-Sous vandalized a van owned by Assir’s brother, Amjad, breaking its windows. Amjad was in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
Assir’s press office said that members of Hezbollah stormed the residence of Fadel Shaker, a well-known singer who recently became a leading supporter of the Sidon sheikh. It said the members were now occupying Shaker’s estate.
However, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar denied that members of the resistance group had stormed Shaker’s residence, which is located on Nabih Berri avenue.
Residents told The Daily Star that Assir is threatening to break into apartments which he claims are owned by armed members of Hezbollah in the area.
Assir has previously warned that he would personally deal with the problem of armed Hezbollah members monitoring his movements and occupying at least two apartments surrounding the Abra mosque.