Sectarian clashes continue to rock tumultuous Lebanon


Gunfire erupted Tuesday in a town south of Beirut, where clashes last week left two people dead and increased the risk of sectarian strife in Lebanon, the state news agency (ANI) said.

ANI said an army patrol had deployed to the Khaldeh area to calm the situation, but gave no further details.

Last week’s clashes in Khaldeh between Sunni and Shia Muslims, in which a 13-year-old boy was killed, sparked a wave of contact between Lebanese politicians seeking to contain tensions.

A security source said the brother of one of those involved in Thursday’s confrontation came to the area on Monday, angering the Sunni Arab tribe to which the boy belonged. They shot at the building he was visiting.

The tribe last week accused members of the Shiite Hezbollah group of opening fire, a charge it categorically denied.

The Lebanese army said the problem started Thursday because of a poster pasted by Shiites to commemorate Ashura, marking the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in the 7th century.

French President Emmanuel Macron is currently visiting Lebanon to lobby for the formation of a government capable of implementing long-requested reforms to help the country emerge from an economic crisis made worse by the port explosion from Beirut last month.


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