Lebanon gun battles leave four dead, 26 wounded

Image copyright REUTERS Image caption The Lebanese capital Beirut saw gun battles in several places on Saturday Gun battles have broken out in the Lebanese capital Beirut after Shi’ite militants clashed with members of…

Lebanon gun battles leave four dead, 26 wounded

Image copyright REUTERS Image caption The Lebanese capital Beirut saw gun battles in several places on Saturday

Gun battles have broken out in the Lebanese capital Beirut after Shi’ite militants clashed with members of an anti-terrorism unit.

The fighting, which began shortly after sunset on Saturday, had killed at least four people and wounded 27 by the early hours of Sunday.

Lebanon has been hit by six days of unrest following a deadly car bombing in the city.

The violence, which comes before President Michel Aoun is due to visit Turkey, has been the worst to hit Beirut since the civil war of 1975-1990.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday, accusing Lebanese authorities of working with Israel.

Lebanon’s President Aoun, who is also an ally of the Syrian government, condemned the bombing and has blamed the situation on militants trying to “divide the country”.

Al-Qaeda-linked militants have been active in the country since the outbreak of civil war in neighbouring Syria.

The most recent flare-up followed Lebanon’s arrest of five people accused of allegedly setting up a cell to target Syria in retaliation for Lebanese troops killing a member of Lebanon’s pro-Syrian Hezbollah militia.

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