Shiite-Sunni Confrontations in Beirut, Four Wounded
- Shiite-Sunni Confrontations in Beirut, Four Wounded
Opposition and government supporters on Sunday were engaged in two separate
street fights in Beirut, as opposition leader Talal Arslan pledged to "smash
the government under the boots."
Security sources said four people were wounded in the clashes which took place
in the densely-populated Tarik Jedideh neighborhood and on the Badaro-Qasqas
Shiite supporters from the southern suburbs trying to infiltrate into Tarik
Jedideh, a low-income Sunni quarter, clashed with pro-government supporters
with stones, sticks and knives, witnesses told Naharnet.
They said sporadic bursts of automatic gunfire could be heard in the
confrontation which lasted about 45 minutes before army troops and police
patrols stepped in to disengage the opponents.
The army threw a security dragnet in Tarik Jedideh in an effort to prevent
followers of the pro-Syrian Hizbullah and Amal movement from stirring trouble
in the Sunni neighborhood.
Another confrontation was reported between supporters of Hizbullah and Amal
and others from the Lebanese Forces, the Christian faction led by Samir
Geagea, on the Badaro-Qasqas highway.
Meanwhile, opposition leader of the minority Druze Lebanese Democratic Party
violently challenged Prime Minister Fouad Saniora's government.
"I promise you that this government will fall under the boots of the patriotic
Lebanese people," said Talal Arslan, a staunch foe of Druze chieftain Walid
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