News / Middle East

Gunfire Kills Anti-Hezbollah Protester in Beirut

Lebanese Army soldiers secure a street they have closed off, where anti-Hezbollah activists had earlier held a protest, in Beirut June 9, 2013.
Lebanese Army soldiers secure a street they have closed off, where anti-Hezbollah activists had earlier held a protest, in Beirut June 9, 2013.
VOA News
Lebanese security sources say gunfire has erupted at a demonstration in Beirut, killing a man who was protesting against the involvement of Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah in the Syrian civil war.

It was not clear who killed the man at Sunday's small protest outside the Beirut embassy of Iran, which is a supporter of Hezbollah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite sect is an offshoot of Shia Islam.

Anti-Hezbollah activists held a second small protest in another part of the Lebanese capital. It ended without reports of violence.

Hezbollah recently acknowledged sending forces across the border into Syria to fight on behalf of President Assad against predominantly Sunni rebels waging a two-year battle to oust him.

The group's involvement in the Syrian conflict has raised sectarian tensions in Lebanon, whose fractious religious communities include Shi'ites and Alawites largely supportive of Assad and Sunnis who mainly back Syria's rebels.

Armed Lebanese supporters and opponents of Mr. Assad have fought several deadly battles in the northern city of Tripoli in recent months. The violence has raised international concerns about the spillover of the Syrian civil war into neighboring countries.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
June 09, 2013 9:26 PM
Other media, indicate that the unarmed group of protesters got into a verbal argument with armed Hezbollah attired individuals, guarding the perimeter or on the perimeter of the Iranian embassy. Once again, when Sunni individuals are killed, no one is arrested by the Lebanese security services, and a clampdown is impossed on Sunni civilians. In Beirut most of the embassies are guarded by Lebanese security forces, the fact that no one was arrested, and the killers were right at the embassy, in my opinion, demostrates that the security forces, of Lebanon, are biased and protect Hezbollah, but not the rest of the Lebanese people. This is not a good situaion, given that the Lebanese gvmt looks the other way, as thousands of armed Hezbollah fighters travel to and from Lebanon, to Syria, to support Assad, it is a recepee for disaster...

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More