Lebanon: Several killed and injured as armed groups clash in Khalde

Two residents were killed and several others were injured as an armed clash erupted in the Khalde neighbourhood in Beirut on Thursday. Army reinforcements, fire fighting brigade and ambulances were seen deployed to the clashes area, where fire was blazing in shopping centre and several shops and cars were damaged in the aftermath of the clashes. A video showing the outbreak of fire in the Shebli Centre in Khalde, which houses several institutions, went viral on social media. The Lebanese army has announced that calm has been restored to the area, and that four residents, two of whom holding the Syrian nationality, have been detained, while the rest of those involved are being pursued for arrest. Local media has reported several stories about the cause of the clashes, some of whom claimed that an argument between persons belonging to the Arab clan of Khalde and other individuals began, allegedly over religious banners being hung in the area, led to the armed clash, while other media means claimed that the clash after the army stormed a place containing weapons.

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