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Syrian conflict spills over into Beirut

Clashes between Sunni pro- and anti-Assad groups in the Lebanese capital Beirut have left at least two people dead and 18 injured.

On Sunday, two anti-Syrian sheikhs were shot dead at an army checkpoint while they were on their way to a rally, sparking the latest violence.

The Lebanese Army immediately took responsibility for the incident, saying it had formed a committee to investigate the killings.

The Army said in a statement that Abdul-Wahed and Mereb died of “fatal gunshot wounds in a regrettable incident near an Army checkpoint in the village of Kwaikhat.”

“While expressing its deep regret over the death of the two victims and extending its heartfelt feeling of solidarity and condolences to their relatives, the Army Command points out that it immediately formed an investigation committee of senior military police officers under the supervision of the relevant judiciary,”

The clashes renewed fears of a return to civil conflict between Sunnis and Shiites in Lebanon.

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