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Deadly clashes south of Lebanese capital

Beirut: Two people were killed and at least three wounded in clashes in a town south of Beirut, the Lebanese capital, on Thursday evening, Lebanese time, the state news agency and a security source said, as several political parties urged calm.

The Lebanese army said on its Twitter account that it had deployed units to Khaldeh town to “control the situation” and restore calm. Army units were deployed to nearby towns to open blocked roads, it said.

Workers repair water tanks and damaged apartments overlooking the site of the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

Workers repair water tanks and damaged apartments overlooking the site of the August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.Credit:AP

State news agency NNA and the security source said gunfire was exchanged. Local media showed footage of heavy gunfire and fires blazing in buildings in the area.

The confrontation erupted after a row a few days ago over a poster marking the Shiite Muslim Ashura religious ritual in an area where both Shiites and Sunnis reside, the security source, a second official and a senior official said.

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