Violence continued in Lebanon after Hassan’s funeral


Clashes continued Sunday night following the state funeral of the assassinated Lebanese intelligence chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan who was killed in a bombing on Friday according to local media reports

Gunmen armed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades exchanged fire in southern districts of Beirut, security sources said, and residents could hear the sound of ambulance sirens.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the clashes in the capital, but in the northern city of Tripoli a 9-year-old girl named Jana was killed by a sniper and nine people were wounded in clashes.

Gunmen have been patrolling the streets in Tripoli, scene of previous clashes between Sunnis and Alawites sympathetic to different sides in the Syria war.

Opposition leader Saad al-Hariri urged supporters to refrain from any more violence.

“We want peace, the government should fall but we want that in a peaceful way. I call on all those who are in the streets to pull back,” Hariri said on the Future Television channel.

According to the most recent reports the army has taken control of the southern suburbs where clashes have been taking place ( Tariq al Jaddedah, Cola round about , Arab University) and has arrested several individuals. The army announced that the arrested do not have any political cover

Reuters, MTV, New TV