Army Arrests Suspects, Seizes Arms Following Baalbek Gunfight

The Lebanese Army command said Thursday that troops arrested several suspects involved in a gunfight between two clans in the eastern city of Baalbek.

“A dispute between residents of the area of al-Sharawina over family affairs turned into a gunfight with light weapons” on Wednesday night, an army communique said.

Upon learning about the incident, a military force threw a tight security dragnet and raided the houses of the shooters, arresting several suspects, it said.

Soldiers also seized light weapons, ammunition, military hardware, drugs and several “illegal” cars during the raids.

The communique added that the suspects were handed over to the appropriate authorities to take the necessary action.

The National News Agency reported on Wednesday night that the gunfight erupted when a man from Shuqair family opened fire on the house of a man identified by his last name as Solh.

Later, members of Solh family pursued the assailant and opened fire on him without causing casualties. They also set fire to his abandoned house.

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