BEIRUT — Hundreds of Lebanese of Armenian descent clashed with army troops during a protest Thursday over a visit to Beirut by the Turkish prime minister.
Recep Tayyep Erdogan is on a two day trip during which he met with officials and visited the north and south of the country. He was inaugurating a hospital in the southern port city of Sidon Thursday as hundreds of protesters gathered in the capital's Martyrs' Square to denounce his visit.
Lebanon has 150,000 Armenians, or nearly 4 percent of its population, whom harbor deep animosity toward the Turks over the 1915 killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians.
When demonstrators tore up a large poster of Erdogan and pelted troops with rocks, security responded by beating up a number of them.