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Gunfights Rock Beirut Following Hezbollah Protest Against Blast Probe

BEIRUT—Sectarian clashes turned neighborhoods of Beirut into a free-fire zone Thursday, killing six and reviving memories of Lebanon’s civil wars, after tensions over a judicial probe into last year’s devastating port blast spilled over into violence.

Fighters from Shiite groups and their hard-line Christian rivals took cover behind parked cars, firing automatic weapons and rocket launchers as explosions reverberated around the city. Passersby fled for cover before the army deployed troops, eventually restoring a semblance of order.

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