Lebanese soldiers try to restore calm after a family feud broke out in Laylaki, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hajjeh Nawal is reminded of the biggest threat to her family's safety every time she steps into her bathroom.The most imminent threat to daily safety comes not from outside, but from within the neighborhood itself, as bickering among family clans regularly devolves into armed shootouts.Nawal's downstairs neighbor had nothing to do with a street fight that flared in April between the feuding Nasreddine and Dirani clans. While the army has deployed heavily throughout the town and its environs, sweeping refugee camps for illicit weapons and terror suspects, gun violence and interclan disputes continue to claim Lebanese lives.A man from the Berro family gravely wounded a man named Ali Hassan Fliti two weeks ago.In the southern suburb area of Laylaki, another simmering feud between the Zeaiter and Hajoula families has erupted into recurring street fights.As for the innocent neighbors affected by gun fights, Zeaiter said they tried as best as they could to warn the neighborhood of an impending fight by firing shots in the air over several hours.In Arsal, acts of violence, often involving members of prominent local families like those in Laylaki, continue to plague the town despite the presence of the Army.
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