Beirut sectarian battle kills 1, wounds 3

August 24, 2010 21:08


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BEIRUT – Lebanese Shi'ite and Sunni groups traded machine gun fire in Beirut on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding at least three others, security officials said.

The shootout, involving machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, erupted between the supporters of the Shi'ite Hizbullah and a Sunni conservative group in a mixed residential neighborhood near Beirut's downtown, they added.

The officials said the other side was the pro-Syrian, Sunni Muslim Association of Islamic Charitable Projects, known as the Al-Ahbash group, that has a history of feuding with Hizbullah.

They spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Families were seen running for cover as the two sides traded fire amid the crash of rocket propelled grenades, while gunmen stood on corners and peered down allies.

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