Members of an Internal Security Forces patrol were assaulted by Hizbullah supporters in the Rweiss neighbourhood of Beirut’s southern suburbs, security sources told An Nahar daily on Tuesday.
The sources said the ISF had set up a checkpoint on Monday as part of the one-month security campaign launched by Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, when the security forces saw a motorcyclist carrying a gun.
The policemen arrested the gunman identified as Ali Shoaib, they told An Nahar.
But around 30 Hizbullah members rushed to his help and engaged in a dispute with the patrol, which left policeman Mohammed Zoaiter with bruises.
Later Tuesday, Hizbullah’s press office denied the report, saying the party had nothing to do with the alleged assault.
Charbel has said that scores of people were arrested as part of the security plan that was launched last Wednesday, and the ISF has confiscated unlicensed trucks and motorcycles.
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