Monday, June 10, 2013

Lebanon: Anti-Hezbollah protester killed in Beirut

(AP) Clashes erupted Sunday near the Iranian embassy in Beirut between protesters opposed to Hezbollah's participation in the Syrian war and unidentified locals, killing one demonstrator, a senior Lebanese military official said.

The official identified the man killed as a 28-year-old from the small Lebanese Option Party which had called for the anti-Hezbollah protest. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

A military statement said the protesters had barely arrived to the embassy area when clashes broke out and a civilian opened fire. The embassy is located in Bir Hassan, a predominantly pro-Hezbollah area.

The official National News Agency said the army had quickly deployed and cordoned off the area of the clashes in south Beirut. The private Al-Jadeed Lebanese TV said another female protester was also injured in the melee.