Interreligious violence turns deadly in Lebanon | WORLD – WORLD News Group

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Lebanese army special forces evacuate teachers in a Christian neighborhood in Beirut. Associated Press/Photo by Hussein Malla
At least six people were killed and 30 more injured in street fighting between Christians and Muslims in Beirut on Thursday. The Lebanese army deployed to counter the shooting and evacuate residential areas. Stray bullets struck some residents in their homes while masked men shot machine guns in the streets. Schoolchildren sheltered in hall corridors or followed army special forces to find cover. 
How did it start? The Muslim militant group Hezbollah organized a demonstration along with ally group the Amal Movement to protest the judge leading an investigation into last year’s port bombing. The groups were walking to the Justice Palace, which separates the Christian and Muslim sides of the capital city, to argue Judge Tarek Bitar is biased against Muslims because he has singled out Hezbollah allies for questioning. A Christian political group staged counterdemonstrations, and supporters carried large crosses through the streets in support of Bitar. Both Christian and Muslim groups said rooftop snipers from the other side began gunning them down. The gunfights then spread through nearby Christian neighborhoods.
Dig deeper: Listen to Mindy Belz discuss Beirut’s recovery a year after the massive port explosion.
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Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.
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