Clashes in Beirut neighborhood turn deadly

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One person was killed and at least 11 were wounded on Sunday in clashes between armed groups near the Sports City neighborhood in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, an Alarabiya correspondent reported.

The violence had erupted at around 3 a.m. between gunmen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a group of Salafists loyal to fugitive Lebanese Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir.

More specifically, the state news agency said the fighting was between members of the pro-Assad Arab Movement Party headed by Shaker Berjawi and armed supporters of fugitive Sheikh Assir.

Assir is a a staunch critic of Hezbollah and the Syrian regime.

"The Lebanese army deployed in the area in a bid to contain the clashes as the sound of heavy gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades resonated in nearby Beirut suburbs," the Daily Star Lebanon reported.

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