Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Three killed in fight between Hizbullah en Sunni group in Beirut

 Three men were killed in Beirut on Tuesday in clashes between supporters of  the Shiite Hizbullah  movement and a Sunni faction, Al-Ahbash. Mohammad Fawaz, a Hizbullah official, his aide and a member  of Al-Ahbash were killed in clashes sparked by a fight in the mixed Sunni-Shiite Beirut neighborhood of Burj Abi Haidar in Beirut. Later on Tuesday Hizbullah and Al-Ahbash issued a joint statement following a meeting at the offices of the Lebanese Army Intelligence Unit in Beirut saying the clash was “an isolated one". However, Hizbullah later demanded the surrender of four persons involved in the killing of Fawaz, warning that it would interfere militarily if its demand was not met. The Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, better known as Al-Ahbash, is a pro-Syrian conservative Sunni Muslim group, rival to other Sunni groups in the country, including Premier Saad Hariri’s Future Movement and the hard-line Al-Jamaa al-Islamiya.

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