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Anger erupts in Lebanese local elections

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Tempers flared in a south Lebanon polling station as voters for rival parties clashed in the latest round of nationwide local elections.

Thousands of security troops have been deployed across the country to prevent more serious outbreaks of violence.

Voters in towns and villages across the region are mostly deciding between candidates put up by opposing Shi’ite groups Amal and Hezbollah.

But fiercer electoral battles are expected in Sidon, with a significant Sunni Muslim population, and in the Christian enclave of Jezzine.

Municipal elections in Lebanon are held every six years and this weekend’s voting is the third leg of a process that ends next Sunday.

Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has called on voters to go to the polls in large numbers despite a week-long Israeli defense drill set to start on Sunday across the border.