Fighting Breaks Out at Beirut University!

Fighting breaks out in Beirut! 4 people are dead!

Lebanese army soldiers arrest a Hezbollah supporter brandishing a knife in Beirut. At least one man has been killed and around 20 injured in Beirut as demonstrators from rival political factions wielding clubs and rocks fought street battles across the Lebanese capital.(AFP/Anwar Amro)

From Beirut to the Beltway has YouTube video of the clashes and Hezbollah thugs destroying cars.

Ya Libnan is reporting that students used “sticks, bottles and even broke desks to use them are weapons in the confrontation.”

Blacksmiths of Lebanon has news (Via Naharnet) that police… “defused a rocket that was directed at the Moustaqbal newspaper in Beirut, shortly before it was set to launch. “Luckily they discovered it. It would have resulted in a massacre. The newspaper is packed by journalists at this time of the evening,” Editor Nassir al-Assad told Naharnet by telephone.”

Lebanese men walk past burning cars during clashes between rival groups of students loyal to the government and the opposition, on a street near Beirut university January 25, 2007. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)

Students clashed at a Beirut University today leaving one student dead!
BBC reports:

Students from rival political factions have clashed at a Beirut university in fighting that left one person dead and more than 10 injured, reports say.
Fighting between government supporters and opponents broke out at the Beirut Arab University in the south of the capital and moved on to the streets.

The army has been called in. Soldiers fired shots into the air to try to break up the crowds and restore order.

Correspondents say the area has a mixed Sunni and Shia population.

Pajamas Media is tracking the developments.

Lebanese students take cover and throw stones during a fight between rival groups of students loyal to the government and the opposition, at Beirut university January 25, 2007. (REUTERS/Sharif Karim)

It is not clear who fired the shots that killed the student but the Pro-Hezbollah news station claimed it was a pro-government loyalist, of course:

It was not immediately clear who shot the student in the head. Al-Manar television, run by the opposition’s Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah, blamed the shooting on pro-government gunmen loyal to Sunni leader Saad al-Hariri.

At least 25 people were hurt, some by gunfire, in the clashes, the sources said.

Naharnet has more on the university clashes:

The sudden outbreak of violence started as a quarrel between students from the al-Moustaqbal movement of parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri and members of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal movement at Beirut Arab University.

Hariri, Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Berri issued separate statements calling on their followers to practice restraint and withdraw from the streets…

The quarrel started around noontime at BAU and Amal tried to send reinforcements in mini busses from its stronghold in the district of Zokat Blatt to rescue their comrades besieged at the university’s soccer stadium in the Sunni District of Tarik Jedideh.

Helmeted troops of the Lebanese Army moved into the BAU campus and opened fire in the air to disperse the mad crowd, said a student who was reached by Naharnet through his mobile telephone.

“The situation is very tense. Moustaqbal supporters are at the basketball stadium and Amal followers are at the soccer stadium. Both factions are separated by army troops,” said the student who asked not to be identified.

Lebanese Political Journal offers a political perspective on the situation.

Lebanese student helps a colleague wounded during clashes between rival groups of students loyal to the government and the opposition in Beirut January 25, 2007. (REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra)

The Prime Minister is currently in Paris for a donor’s conference where 7.6 billion dollars was pledged to help rebuild the war-torn country.

Previously on the riots:
Opposition Strikes Lebanon! Clashes & Casualties Reported!
At Least 3 Are Dead After the Hezbollah-Aoun Riots in Lebanon
Lebanon Violence Continues, Hezbollah-Aoun Make New Threats

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