Damaged shops after clashes in the Chouf village of Saadiyat, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Several Army vehicles remained stationed at the entrance of Saadiyat Wednesday as tension persisted in the coastal Chouf village after a three-hour-long gunfight exploded the night before.The fighting erupted between the Hezbollah-linked Resistance Brigades and residents partisan to the Future Movement. Accounts vary about who shot first, but parties agree that tensions had been on the rise lately. Five months ago, Hezbollah opened a place of prayer, known as a Musallah, in a nondescript apartment building wedged between several others in the lower part of the predominantly Sunni village. Sunnis and Shiites live next to each other in both parts of the village. Speaking to The Daily Star, Future Movement sources said the clashes began when Resistance Brigades gunmen shot at a local Future Movement leader's coffee shop near the Musallah.After mediation with the Future Movement, and the Progressive Socialist Party, Hezbollah agreed to stop the calls, according to Dagher.
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