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Lebanon: 2 killed in Arab clan, Hezbollah clashes

A Lebanese soldier sits in an armoured vehicle as the army deploys amid clashes in the Khalde area, south of the capital, on 1 August 2021. [ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images]
A Lebanese soldier sits in an armoured vehicle as the army deploys amid clashes in the Khalde area, south of the capital, on 1 August 2021. [ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images]

At least two people have been killed and others wounded in armed clashes on Sunday between Shia mourners in Beirut's southern town of Khalde, when gunmen opened fire at the funeral of a Hezbollah commander who was killed the previous day.

Anadolu Agency quoted eyewitnesses stating that the clashes were engaging Hezbollah militants and others belonging to an Arab clan, adding that they were: "Still continuing, and machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades are being used."

The locals added that the clashes had erupted after Hezbollah member Ali Chebli was killed by Sunni clans on Saturday. Chebli, whose procession was attacked, was shot dead after he allegedly murdered a young man from a Sunni Arab clan last August.

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