1 dead, 13 injured in Beirut clashes
Published Sunday 23/03/2014 (updated) 24/03/2014 15:45
Residents walk near a damaged car after clashes between Sunni Muslim
Future supporters and a pro-Syrian group in Tariq al-Jadideh district area
in Beirut May 21, 2012. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- One person was killed and at least thirteen were wounded after clashes broke out in Beirut early Sunday, Lebanese media said.
Fighting broke out between armed groups of Salafists and supporters of Arab Movement leader Shaker al-Berjawi around 3 a.m. near the Sports City in southern Beirut after an argument escalated into an armed confrontation, the Daily Star reported.
"There was a personal dispute at first, but then Future supporters attacked the house of an Arab Movement member and tried to storm the headquarters," al-Berjawi said.
Security forces identified the individual who was killed as Khalil Nabil, and said that fighting had renewed around 10 a.m. after a brief lull following the deployment of army units in the area, the Daily Star reported.
Al-Berjawi said that the armed groups were affiliated with the Future party, which is led by Saad Hariri.
Al-Berjawi's party is pro-Assad while both Future party and Salafist movements in Lebanon are strongly anti-Assad.
Both groups are composed primarily of Sunni Lebanese, and the neighborhood in which the fighting occurred is predominantly Sunni.
Clashes related to the ongoing civil war in Syria have broken out regularly in Lebanon in recent years, but the majority of such fighting has occurred in the northern city of Tripoli.
Political parties are deeply polarized on pro- and anti-Syrian lines, and various groups have sent fighters and resources to both sides of the conflict.