Sunday, March 23, 2014
One killed in Syria-related fighting in Beirut
One person was killed and 13 wounded in a gun battle in the Lebanese capital Beirut early on Sunday between supporters and opponents of president Assad of Syria. The clashes took place in the neighborhood of Al-Gharbi near the Sports Stadium. The fighting began around 3 and erupted again later in the morning in spite of the deployment of Lebanese Army units. Hours later, the Lebanese Army sent in reinforcements and armoured vehicles in a bid to contain the fighting, as the sound of heavy gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades resonated in the neighborhood. At least one building caught fire.
The fighting took place between members of the pro-Assad Arab Movement Party and members of the Future Movement. The head of the Arab Movement Party, Shaker Berjawi, told a local media outlet that a personal dispute between members of the Future Movement and his party escalated."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," Berjawi said.