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Lebanese Army Deploys in Beirut Suburb to Stop Clashes, NNA Says

March 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Lebanese Army deployed in an area of Beirut between a Shiite Hezbollah group stronghold and a Sunni-dominated area after clashes injured “numerous victims,” the country’s official National News Agency said.

Sunni militants and supporters of Shaker Birjawi started fighting at 3 a.m. in the southern part of the city, NNA said. The fighting was between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his opponents, Al Arabiya said. One person was killed and 11 wounded, Al Jazeera reported.

Lebanon has been destabilized by the war in neighboring Syria. It’s hosting more than 1 million refugees and suffering from rising violence, including bomb attacks in areas controlled by Hezbollah, an ally of Assad.

The combatants today fought with machine guns and shells, which “shattered the morning silence,” NNA reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Glen Carey in Riyadh at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at James Amott

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