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Army puts down clashes in Basta

The Lebanese Army opened fire into the air to disperse a clash which erupted in the Basta neighborhood of Beirut on Tuesday between supporters of the Sunni Future Movement and Shiite Hizbullah and Amal groups. Seven people were hurt in the clash. The clash started on Monday when unidentified individuals in the area tore down and burned a giant poster of slain former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Future Movement officials said they cordoned off the scene and took measures to prevent escalation. Tension increased on Tuesday night, however, on Mamoun Street, when Future Movement supporters attempted to re-erect a picture of Hariri and his son MP Saad Hariri Saad-Hariri-Profile Sep-07. Clashes erupted between Future supporters and others, including Amal Movement and Hizbullah supporters, who refused to let the Hariri poster be erected “in their area.” Full Story

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