BEIRUT: A clash between rival clans in the Beirut suburbs spiraled out of control Tuesday after Hezbollah intervened to quell the fighting, a security source told The Daily Star. The armed clashes first broke out between the Meqdad and Zeiater families in Maamoura near the southern Beirut suburb of Roueis.
The fighting intensified, after Hezbollah members intervened to end it. The source said there was heavy shooting from machine guns for around 30 minutes between the two sides. There were no injuries and between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. the Lebanese Army had surrounded the area and held a list of people with arrest warrants issued against them. The incident frightened residents who closed down their shops and hid in their homes in fear of stray bullets, the source added.