One killed in clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Beirut

From the International Herald Tribune 

BEIRUT, Lebanon: A Lebanese man was killed on Sunday in clashes that broke out between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in West Beirut, police officials said.

Ahmed Ali Mahmoud, a 20-year-old Shiite Muslim, was shot during the clash in the Tarik Jdideh neighborhood. It was not clear where the gunfire came from, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to speak to the press.

Tension has been running high in Lebanon, particularly since Friday when Hezbollah supporters began an open-ended sit-in in Beirut in an effort to bring down the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora.

Beirut is already a tinderbox that only needs one spark to plunge the city and virtually all of Lebanon into civil war. With Iran and Syria backing Hizbollah in their coup attempt camp out, that spark could come at any time.

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