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      Shiite-Sunni Confrontations in Beirut, Four Wounded
      http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/NewsDesk.nsf/getstory?openform&A2A9ED97879D4816422572390064437D
      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
      highway.

      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
      Jumblat.


      Beirut, 03 Dec 06, 20:1
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