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Syrian laborers in Lebanon held several demonstrations in favor of the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al Assad on Sunday with one protester wounded in a drive-by shooting incident, security sources said.

The injured man, who was shot in the stomach, was taking part in a protest march in the Nabaa neighborhood of east Beirut when a passenger in a passing car opened fire, a security official, who did not want to be named, told AFP.

Some 150 protesters also demonstrated in front of the Syrian embassy amid heavy security.

According to political analysts many Syrian laborers in Lebanon work for the Syrian intelligence .

A similar march was organized in a largely Sunni neighborhood of Tariq al-Jdideh and Mazraa in west Beirut where young men beat up several of the protesters before the army intervened and dispersed the crowd.

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