A pro-government supporter wears a sticker of former prime-minister Rafik Hariri on her cheek, as crowds packed into Martyr’s Suare to mark the second anniversary of Rafik Hariri’s assassination, 14 Feb 2007 (AP)
BEIRUT (AFP) – Eleven people have been hurt in an overnight clash between followers of parliamentary leader Saad Hariri and opposition supporters in eastern Lebanon following a rally in Beirut.
“Eleven people were injured, including a man who was wounded by gunshots,” a police spokesman told AFP on condition of anonymity Thursday.
It was not clear to which camp the wounded belonged to.
Police told AFP Thursday that the incident started when opposition supporters threw stones on Hariri supporters returning from Beirut following a massive rally to commemorate the second anniversary of the murder of his father, Rafik Hariri.
Late Tuesday, Saad Hariri called for calm after his office said in a statement that some of his supporters had been stoned and insulted on their return to Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley.
Four people were killed and 150 others wounded when supporters of the Sunni Muslim leader clashed with Shiite opposition followers in Beirut last month, prompting fears of further confessional disputes.
Tens of thousands of government supporters wave Lebanese flags, as they gather in Martyrs’ Square to mark the second anniversary of Rafik Hariri’s assassination in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 14, 2007 (AP)
Saad Hariri, son of Rafik Hariri, seen through bulletproof glass, shows his respect to the crowd as tens of thousands of Lebanese mark the second anniversary of former prime-minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination, Feb. 14, 2007 (AP)
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