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June 24, 2013

Sectarian violence spills into Lebanon

Groups clash in south of the country for second day.

Smoke rises during clashes between the Lebanese army and Sunni Muslim radicals in the district close to Ain El-Helweh on the outskirts of the southern city of Lebanon on June 24, 2013 (AFP PHOTO/Mahmoud Zayyat).

Heavy fighting began in Sidon, Lebanon on Sunday between the army and followers of Sunni cleric Ahmed al-Assir. Thus far, the clashes have claimed the lives of at least 16 and wounded dozens more. Many link the fighting to the exacerbation of tensions in the country after Hezbollah openly declared its intervention in Syria.