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Army Seizes Grenades in Sidon as Gunman Kills Palestinian in Ain al-Hilweh

The army intelligence raided on Saturday the house of an extremist in the southern city of Sidon as a Palestinian national was shot dead in the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp.

The state-run National News Agency reported that the army raided the house of Mahmoud Khalaf in old Sidon town, seizing a cache of arms and grenades.

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Army Arrests Soldiers for 'Beating, Insulting' Asir-Linked Detainee

The Army Command announced on Saturday detaining several soldiers for attacking an arrested man involved in last June's clashes against the military institution in the southern city of Sidon.

"After viewing a video spread online that shows a number of soldiers beating and insulting a detainee, the military institution has arrested several troops involved in the incident,” the Army Command's Orientation Directorate said in a communique.

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10 Troops Martyred in Clashes with al-Asir's Gunmen in Abra

Ten army troops were martyred and 35 others were wounded Sunday in a clash with supporters of Islamist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in the Sidon suburb of Abra, the state-run National News Agency reported.

The death toll rose on Sunday evening after the Army Command had said earlier in a released statement that two army officers, a sergeant and three soldiers died in the clashes.

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Islamist Shoots Dead Fatah Member in Ain el-Hilweh

A Fatah Movement member was shot dead on Monday in the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp near the southern city of Sidon, state-run National News Agency reported.

“Ahmed Saleh Shikhani, the bodyguard of Fatah Movement's Talal al-Ordoni, was shot dead in the Ain el-Hilweh camp at the hands of Hussein al-Tawil, a member of the group of Fatah al-Islam ex-official Bilal Bader,” NNA said.

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Asir Supporters Block Sidon's Eastern Highway

Supporters of Islamist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir on Sunday rallied at the roundabout of Bahaeddine Hariri Mosque in Sidon, which blocked traffic on the city's eastern highway, state-run National News Agency reported.

The sit-in caused traffic jam on the seaside highway, amid the return of holidaymakers from the South, the agency noted.

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Egypt Calls on Nationals in Lebanon to Avoid Areas of Tension

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry called on Monday on its nationals currently present in Lebanon to avoid the areas of clashes.

“Egyptian nationals should avoid the areas of tension as much as possible and contact the country's missions if they need any clarifications on the security situation,” assistant minister for consular affairs Ali al-Ashiri said.

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Cautious Calm in Sidon as Clash Victims Laid to Rest

Cautious calm prevailed in the southern port city of Sidon on Monday amid heavy deployment by the army after a gunbattle erupted between Hizbullah supporters and Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir in the Taamir Ain al-Hilweh neighborhood.

Schools and shops closed as the city mourned the killing of three people during the armed clashes, which also wounded seven others.

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Old Bomb Detected in Rmeileh, Not Attached to Detonator

A bomb was found on Wednesday under al-Rmeileh Bridge south of Beirut, the National News Agency reported.

According to the news agency, a military expert arrived at the scene and revealed that the bomb wasn’t attached to a detonator.

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AFP Photographer Beaten in Clash between Asir Supporters, Passersby

Members of the Internal Security Forces beat an Agence France Presse photographer on Thursday while he covered a clash that erupted during a sit-in organized by Salafist cleric Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir on Sidon’s seaside road.

"When the protesters cut off Sidon's main road, a skirmish broke out between those participating in the sit-in and passers-by," said the photographer, Mahmoud Zayat.

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Embassies Tighten Travel Warnings in Lebanon

Several embassies have tightened travel warnings for Lebanon, advising their nationals to avoid parts of the country due to unrest in neighboring Syria and the kidnapping of a group of Estonians.

The British embassy now advises its nationals to avoid travel to Lebanon's eastern and southern borders with Syria following incursions by Syrian troops into the country.

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