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BEIRUT: In 3rd Night Of Violence, Hezbollah Supporters Clash With Security Forces

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The Times Of Israel

In 3rd Night Of Violence, Hezbollah Supporters Clash With Security Forces

Protests and skirmishes come hours after Lebanon’s president postpones talks on naming new prime minister, further prolonging turmoil and unrest

By Bassem Mroue   

BEIRUT (AP) — Supporters of Lebanon’s two main Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal clashed with security forces and set fires to cars in the capital early Tuesday, apparently angered by a video circulating online that showed a man insulting Shiite figures.

Police used tear gas and water cannons trying to disperse them.

It was the third consecutive night of violence, and came hours after Lebanon’s president postponed talks on naming a new prime minister, further prolonging the turmoil and unrest in the Mediterranean country.

President Michel Aoun postponed the binding consultations with leaders of parliamentary blocs after the only candidate — caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri — failed to win the backing of the country’s largest Christian groups amid a worsening economic and financial crisis.

Read more: https://www.timesofisrael.com/in-3rd-night-of-violence-hezbollah-supporters-clash-with-security-forces/