One Killed, 2 Wounded in Chouf Shooting between PSP, Tawhid Party Supportersإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The army has deployed heavily in the Chouf town of Baqaata after clashes between Progressive Socialist Party and Arab Tawhid Party supporters left one dead and two people wounded on Saturday.
Jad al-Beaini died from injuries he sustained during Saturday's clash, reported LBCI television.
The three wounded were shot in the legs, reported the National News Agency.
The PSP, headed by MP Walid Jumblat, said in a statement: “The clash is an individual one and does not have any political or factional links.”
“The shooter has been handed over to the concerned authorities in order for the law to take its course in this case,” it added.
“Internal stability is a principle that the PSP is committed to now more than ever and it will not accept that it be harmed under any circumstance,” it concluded.
For its part, the Arab Tawhid Party, of former minister Wiam Wahhab, explained in a statement that the clash initially started as an individual dispute between Marwan al-Ashqar and Kifah Hani, the owner of a restaurant in Baqaata.
“A PSP security official, Ayman al-Fatayri, who has nothing to do with the dispute, soon intervened by shooting at Hani, soldier Jad al-Beaini, and Arab Tawhid Party member Bashar al-Beaini,” it added.
The shooter soon fled to the town of al-Moukhtara, it revealed.
“The Arab Tawhid Party is keen on the security of Mount Lebanon and calls on all sides to refrain from retaliating to the clash,” it said.