Lebanese security officials say clashes have erupted between unknown gunmen and followers of a Sunni cleric in the south of the country VIDS
Lebanese security officials say clashes have erupted between unknown gunmen and followers of a Sunni cleric in the south of the country.
The officials said automatic rifles and rocket propelled grenades were being used in the fighting that broke out on Tuesday afternoon in an eastern suburb of the port city of Sidon.
Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir is a critic of the Shia militant group Hezbollah and has threatened to clear apartments occupied by Hezbollah supporters in the mostly Sunni city.
Officials believed the gunmen fighting al-Assir's followers to be Hizb al Mouqawma, Hezbollah sympathisers.
Sectarian tensions have been building in Lebanon since Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian civil war became public last month Lebanese army troops deployed in the area of the fighting, the officials said.
Sources tell Al Jazeera that the army is deploying to the area of Abra, Sidon.
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