Three dead, four wounded in renewed violence in Lebanon
Three people were killed and four others wounded in armed clashes that raged well into the early morning hours Tuesday in east Lebanon's Bekaa Valley between pro- and anti-government supporters, reported dpa.
Rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault weapons were used in the fighting in the villages of Taalbaya and Saadnayel, Lebanese security sources said.
The violent clashes prompted the Lebanese army to use its elite troops to intervene in the early hours of the morning.
Similar clashes have erupted between Muslim Sunni followers of the ruling majority and the opposition led by the Lebanese Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah in recent weeks in various sectors of Lebanon, including the capital Beirut.
Last May, Hezbollah and its allies managed to seize west Beirut after more than 82 people were killed. The fighting came to end after Lebanese rivals brokered a deal in Qatar to end the fighting, elect a new president and form a national unity government.
On May 25, former army commander Michel Suleiman was elected as head of the state, but efforts to form a national unity government by premier-designate Fouad Seniora failed due to bickering over certain portfolios between the anti-Syrian majority and the opposition.