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Army deploys in Beirut’s suburbs after clashes

File - Lebanese soldiers on armored vehicles patrol the area in Beirut's southern suburbs, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Armed Forces deployed heavily in Beirut’s southern suburbs Saturday to end clashes that broke out between two families in the Jamous neighborhood wounding several people, security sources told The Daily Star.

Armed gun battles erupted between members of the Nasreddine and Meqdad families that left several people wounded.

At least one rocket propelled grenade was used in the clashes and heavy fire was heard in nearby neighborhoods, sources added.

An apartment was also set ablaze in the neighborhood due to the clashes, the sources said.

An Army statement issued later said the clashes were the results of “old family disputes.”

It added the military cordoned off the neighborhood and was able to control the situation.

The army is also conducting raids in order to detain those involved in the clashes and will refer them to the relevant judicial authorities, the statement said.





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