Gunfire, clashes erupt as Beirut anti-Hezbollah protest turns deadly

Gunfire, clashes erupt as Beirut anti-Hezbollah protest turns deadly
At least one person has been killed and several others injured in gunfire during an anti-Hezbollah protest outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. Violence broke out as activists gathered to protest the Islamist group's involvement in Syria.

Men in black shirts began to scuffle with protesters as they arrived in front of the Embassy in preparation for the demonstration, Lebanese publication the Daily Star reported. The men also fired gunshots into the air to disperse the activists.

Lebanese state news reported that the army quickly restored calm and cordoned off the area following the outbreak of violence. 

Hezbollah helped Syrian government forces expel armed rebels from the strategic region of Qusayr on Saturday, a move that was criticized by Washington.

"Hezbollah and Iran should immediately withdraw their fighters from Syria,"
State Department spokesperson Jay Carney said, accusing the two of aiding the Syrian government in its battle for Qusayr. The US regards Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

The head of Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallah, has justified the group’s involvement in the Syrian conflict, maintaining they are defending Lebanese-inhabited border villages inside Syria and Shia Muslim holy sites.