Hezbollah gunmen, Baalbeck residents clash . 4 killed

Baalbek clashes - hezbollah residentsBaalbeck, lebanon – Four people were killed Saturday and at least four others were wounded in a gun battle between Hezbollah gunmen and armed residents in Baalbek, east Lebanon, security sources said.

Two Hezbollah members were killed in the fighting that occurred at a checkpoint that the militant group set up near Baalbek’s main market area.

The armed residents were from the Shiyyah family , a Sunni Muslim clan

The Hezbollah members that were killed were identified as Imad Ballouq and Hisham Wehbi.

A statement from the Army earlier said light weapons were used in the battles.

Following the incident, members of Hezbollah raided a number of houses in Baalbek, arrested a number of people and confiscated weapons from their homes, according to security sources

The incident was the second this week in Baalbek, a stronghold of the powerful Shiite movement across the border from Syria.

Lebanon has been on edge as a result of the civil war in neighboring Syria, with many Lebanese divided between supporters of Presidents Bashar Assad’s regime and the opposition.

Lebanese Sunni Muslims back the mostly Sunni rebel movement fighting to topple Assad. Shiites back Assad’s regime that is dominated by members of the president’s minority Alawite sect — an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

“Tension is very high. The streets are empty,” a Baalbek resident told The Associated Press by telephone. “I can hear automatic rifle fire.”

Hezbollah set up checkpoints in its strongholds after an Aug. 15 blast in Beirut’s southern suburbs killed 27 people. Many resent the checkpoints.

Update:

– Explosions were heard throughout Baalbek as army continues its raids in search for gunmen, Future TV reported

– Hezbollah members burning a number of shops in Baalbek’s market amid intermittent gunfire, Future TV reported

– Hezbollah members kidnapped Bilal Mahmoud al-Rifai, Rami Mohammad al-Rifai in Baalbek

– The other 2 that were killed were identified as Ali Mustapha al-Rifai and Ali Sami al-Masri, who was riding a motorcycle at the time he was shot and killed.

– President Suleiman will preside over a security meeting at the Baabda Palace at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the situation in Baalbeck.

– Renewed clashes in Baalbeck

– Mohammed Ali Soleh was killed by sniper gunfire in the renewal of clashes in Baalbek.

  • The real lebanese

    HA can arrest people? I guess you can do anything you want when you have better weapons than the army…

    • wargame1

      Lebanon has its Flag only which can be transformed in to the Iranian menorah Flag. Look closely the menorah in the Iranian Flag designed by the Kabalist Iranian regime

  • The real lebanese

    HA can arrest people? I guess you can do anything you want when you have better weapons than the army…

    • wargame1

      Lebanon has its Flag only which can be transformed in to the Iranian menorah Flag

  • Fauzia45

    All weapons should be in the hands of the army,even the ^light^!!!!

  • Fauzia45

    All weapons should be in the hands of the army,even the ^light^!!!!

  • 5thDrawer

    “Many resent the checkpoints.”
    Right … read MOST into that.

    “Tension is very high. The streets are empty,” ….
    Sounds like Tripoli. Apparently Talibanis have taken over the Old Market at the river below the Fort.
    No ‘Shopping Experience’ there any more … cheap as those things were….

  • 5thDrawer

    “Many resent the checkpoints.”
    Right … read MOST into that.

  • cook

    I hope this happens more often lol

  • cook2half

    I hope this happens more often lol

  • Drug Dealer

    Hezbollah need to been taken on once & for all, whether people agree or not. We cannot live at their mercy.

    • 5thDrawer

      They ‘At Least’ need to hear it … from MANY.

  • Drug Dealer

    Hezbollah need to been taken on once & for all, whether people agree or not. We cannot live at their mercy.

    • 5thDrawer

      They ‘At Least’ need to hear it … from MANY.

  • IsraeliCitizen

    This is pure comedy, the lebanese savage apes warring with each other over minute differences in socio-political values and religious history. Keep going!

    • cook

      נעים מאוד

      • Hannibal

        and you agree with him… How long before he starts saying shit about your kind? To him you are only a goyim… Look up the real meaning or the root of the word.

        • Peaceforleb

          You will find that most of the time weird and deranged people tend to stick together.

          • cook

            haha

    • Hannibal

      The last time you ate a banana we found you swinging on trees… You should talk.

      • Peaceforleb

        Hannibal, we have extremists in all shape and sizes. Even ones that swing of tree’s. Lol.

    • Peaceforleb

      Theses people you speak of have proven time and time we are ones not to f@$k with. Savages are one’s who kill innocent people. Which only proves that your kind are the only savages.

  • IsraeliCitizen

    This is pure comedy, the lebanese savage apes warring with each other over minute differences in socio-political values and religious history. Keep going!

    • cook2half

      נעים מאוד

      • Hannibal

        and you agree with him… How long before he starts saying shit about your kind? To him you are only a goyim… Look up the real meaning or the root of the word.

        • Peaceforleb

          You will find that most of the time weird and deranged people tend to stick together.

          • cook2half

            haha

    • Hannibal

      The last time you ate a banana we found you swinging on trees… You should talk.

      • Peaceforleb

        Hannibal, we have extremists in all shape and sizes. Even ones that swing of tree’s. Lol.

    • Peaceforleb

      Theses people you speak of have proven time and time we are ones not to f@$k with. Savages are one’s who kill innocent people. Which only proves that your kind are the only savages.