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