Beirut clash claims second boy's life

An 11-year-old Lebanese boy has died two days after being shot by police during a clash with rioters protesting against attempts to demolish illegal housing in southern Beirut.

    Two teenagers have died in the southern Beirut protests so far

    A 15-year-old also died on Friday after the clashes, which broke out in a southern suburb of Beirut, al-Manar television reported on Sunday.

    The 11-year-old, Mohammed Hussein Naji, died from his injuries, two days after Lebanese police shot him in the head.

    Naji's mother was shown on al-Manar TV wailing, she said: "I fled with him from one place to another to protect him during the Israeli war. But he was killed by the Lebanese state."

    The city's southern districts are a stronghold of Hezbollah, the political party and Shia fighters' group that was targeted by Israel during its 34-day offensive in Lebanon in July and August.

    However, the area where the riot took place on Friday was not among the hard-hit neighbourhoods, authorities said.

    People there simply took advantage of the chaos and the government's preoccupation with the war and relief to build illegal housing, officials said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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