Hezbollah, Palestinians clash in Beirut, 1 killed


A Palestinian was killed and five others wounded in a clash between Hezbollah members and Palestinians in Burj al-Barajneh, south of the capital Beirut, the Al Jadeed TV reported.

The report said that a number of Palestinians refused to be searched, and then opened fire on a Hezbollah checkpoint near the Burj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp.

National News Agency identified the dead man as Palestinian national Mohammed al-Simrawi.

“Security forces and representatives of the factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization intervened in a bid to contain the incident as clashes abated,” NNA added.

LBCI TV reported that protesters burned tires at the camp’s entrance and shouted anti-Hizbullah slogans in the wake of the clash.

Later on Sunday, NNA said a meeting got underway between Hezbollah and the Palestinian factions at the party’s office in Haret Hreik and that a joint statement would be issued after the talks.

Hezbollah had beefed up its security measures in and around Beirut’s southern suburbs in the wake of a powerful car bombing that rocked the Rweiss neighborhood in Dahieh and left 27 people dead and around 300 wounded.

Hezbollah security measures angered many Lebanese leaders and Arab envoys and resulted in warnings by some countries against travel to Lebanon