Fighting began after a Hezbollah truck overturned in the town of Kahaleh, and residents closed roads.
Two people were killed in fighting between members of the Shia armed group Hezbollah and residents of a Christian town after the residents surrounded an overturned truck.
The truck – which Hezbollah said it owned – overturned on a downhill turn near the mountain town of Kahaleh on Wednesday evening and residents swiftly shut down the road around it.
The armed group, which dominates Lebanon militarily, said that one of the dead was its member.
Local security sources said that the other person killed was a Christian resident of the town.
There were no details on the contents of the truck.
Lebanese broadcasters Al-Jadeed and MTV Lebanon aired footage of men in plainclothes shooting rifles in the street.
فيديو يظهر مسلحين بعد انقلاب الشاحنة في #الكحالة pic.twitter.com/jq7ByLnikr
— Al Jadeed News (@ALJADEEDNEWS) August 9, 2023
Translation: Video shows armed men after the truck was overturned in Kahaleh.
The broadcasters later showed Lebanese army troops deployed around the truck at nightfall while a crane worked to move wooden crates out of the truck. Large groups of residents were still gathered around, with many telling the broadcasters that they intended to keep the road closed.
Lebanese media reported that Prime Minister Najib Mikati has been following up with army commander Joseph Aoun on an investigation into the incident.
Hezbollah is a powerful Iran-backed organisation that retained its weapons following Lebanon’s civil war and has deployed in neighbouring Syria.
Two years ago, at least seven people were killed in clashes along a former front line of Lebanon’s civil war, following a rally held by Hezbollah and its Shia ally Amal against a judge investigating the Beirut port blast of 2020.
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