Two killed in overnight Beirut violence.| By Omar Halabi BEIRUT, May 21 (KUNA) -- Precarious calm prevailed in and around the Beirut suburban district of Tareek Al-Jedidah on Monday following overnight armed clashes between foe gunmen, a security source said.
At least two people were killed and 18 others were wounded in the street fighting For other uses, see Street Fight.
Street fighting is a term used to denote unsanctioned, usually illegal, hand-to-hand fighting in public places. The term also usually carries the connotation that the fighters are largely unskilled, or at least not professional martial between members of Al-Mustaqbal trend of the former premier, Saad Al-Hariri, and Shaker Al-Berjawi, chief of the Arab Trend, a small and little-known militia, the source told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
The fighting inflicted extensive damage in the densely-populated neighborhood, traditionally a stronghold of advent followers of Al-Hariri, son of the former premier, Rafic Al-Hariri, who was assassinated on February 14, 2005.
Lebanese Army troops backed by personnel of the Internal Security Force intervened and deployed in the region, forcing the gunmen to withdraw from the streets.
The violence erupted after youth blocked roads around the district with burning tires, protesting killing of a Sunni Muslim Noun 1. Sunni Muslim - a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad
Sunni Islam, Sunni - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam cleric and a companion at an army checkpoint in the northernmost region of Akkar.
Al-Hariri condemned the killing of Sheikh sheikh
Among Arabic-speaking tribes, especially Bedouin, the male head of the family, as well as of each successively larger social unit making up the tribal structure. The sheikh is generally assisted by an informal tribal council of male elders. Ahmad Abdul Wahed but urged his followers to practice restraint. The army issued a statement expressing regret at the shooting incident, and officials said officers and soldiers at the checkpoint were subjected to interrogations.
The killed cleric was reportedly active in securing aid for Syrians fleeing the violence at home.
The cleric followers continued blocking roads in the north for the second consecutive day despite calls by leaders for calm.
The violence came amid mounting fears that the wide-scale unrest in neighboring Syria might spill over Verb 1. spill over - overflow with a certain feeling; "The children bubbled over with joy"; "My boss was bubbling over with anger"
bubble over, overflow
seethe, boil - be in an agitated emotional state; "The customer was seething with anger"
2. to Lebanon.
The Lebanese are divided regarding the Syrian crisis, due to divergent political and sectarian differences and motives.
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