Fighting in Mount Lebanon rages between pro and anti-government supporters

Security officials say that heavy fighting has broken out between pro- and anti-government supporters in Lebanon's central mountains overlooking the capital. Echoes of explosions could be heard as far as Beirut. The clashes between pro-government supporters of Druse leader Walid Jumblatt and Shi'ite gunmen started in Aytat around 2 p.m. (1100 gmt) involving exchanges of rocket and machine gun fire which rockets and heavy machine gun fire were used. The clashes came a day after Hizbullah accused Jumblatt's followers of killing two of their supporters and kidnapping a third.