Security forces have increased their presence in Beirut after the death of a young anti-government protester. The Shi’ite Muslim victim was among thousands of pro-Syrian demonstrators who have taken to the streets. There are fears the shooting, which also left about 12 others wounded, could lead to sectarian violence.
Police say gunmen in a stronghold of the ruling anti-Syrian coalition opened fire on a group returning from an opposition rally. Tension is high in Beirut, with the Syrian and Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its allies calling for the resignation of the government of Western-backed Sunni Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.