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One Dead In Beirut Gunfight Between Assad Supporters And Opponents

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March 23, 2014 AT 1:14 PM
Security sources said one person was killed and 10 people were wounded in clashes in south Beirut on Sunday between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The fighting broke out before dawn between gunmen loyal to Shaker Barjawi, a Sunni Muslim who supports the Alawite president, and other Sunni Muslims who back the three-year uprising against Assad's rule. The fighting in Beirut follows a week of sustained violence in the northern city of Tripoli, where 27 people have been killed in fighting between Assad supporters and opponents that also dragged in the Lebanese army. The conflict in Syria has spilled over into sectarian violence in its smaller neighbor between Sunnis who mostly back the Syrian rebels and Shi'ites who support Assad.