July 18, 2005

Three hurt in gun clash on Beirut’s old Green Line

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Christian and Shi'ite Muslim gunmen
exchanged fire across Beirut's old Green Line on Monday,
wounding at least three people, security sources said.

The violence began when sticks and rocks were used in
fighting between members of the Shi'ite Amal movement and
Maronite supporters of former warlord Samir Geagea.

When gunfire broke out, Lebanese army units were deployed
to the area to end the violence. Several gunmen from both sides
were arrested.

Geagea's supporters had been celebrating after the Lebanese
parliament decided to grant him an amnesty after 11 years in

During Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, the Green Line marked
the divide between Christian east Beirut and the mainly Muslim
west of the city.