BEIRUT: At least three people were killed and 10 wounded in pre-dawn clashes Monday between Future Movement supporters and their rival Arab Movement Party headed by Shaker Berjaoui, who is close to Hizbollah, in the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jadideh, security sources said.
The five-hour clashes with assault rifles and rocket propelled grenades ended after Berjaoui agreed to evacuate his office near the Arab University in the densely populated district. A Lebanese Army force entered the area and pulled out Berjaoui and his supporters, al-Jadeed television station reported.
The TV station said soldiers deployed in the area after gunmen withdrew from the streets. It reported fires in two buildings and the destruction of several cars and shop windows.
Tension flared in Tariq al-Jadideh and several parts of the country after soldiers shot dead a prominent anti-Syrian-regime preacher and his companion at a Lebanese Army checkpoint in the northern district of Akkar.
The casualties in Tariq al-Jadideh were transferred to the Al-Makassed Hospital in the area.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 21, 2012, on page 1.