Six dead in Lebanon after gunfire at Beirut protest

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Heavy fighting claimed at least six lives and left dozens wounded in Lebanon’s capital on Thursday as an escalation of tensions around last year’s massive portside explosion turned parts of Beirut into a warzone. The military deployed tanks and troops to quell the street battles that sparked memories of the 1975-1990 civil war for a city already traumatised by last year’s blast disaster and Lebanon’s worst-ever economic crisis. The bloody unrest, in which the sound of automatic gunfire and grenade explosions mixed with the wail of ambulance sirens, broke out after shots were fired at a demonst…

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