3 Arrested after Clash between Rival Gunmen in Beirutإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The army said it arrested on Tuesday three suspects in connection with a gunfight between rival gunmen in the Beirut neighborhood of Tariq al-Jedideh.
The army communique did not identify the gunmen but said that they exchanged gunfire with light arms during a dispute near al-Makassed hospital at 9:15 am.
It said the army drew a tight dragnet in the area and raided several locations that led to the arrest of three people.
The military is pursuing the rest of the suspects to apprehend them and refer them to the judiciary, the communique added.
The state-run National News Agency described the dispute as “personal.”
Some media reports said however that the parties involved in the clash included members of Hizbullah's Resistance Brigades and armed men from Tariq al-Jedideh.
They did not provide details as to why the two sides fought.
But LBCI TV said the dispute was between supporters of Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani and parties that oppose him.
It said a man identified as Abu Ali Shamleh, an official who is in charge of groups allied with Hizbullah, had opened fire and used hand grenades during the clash.