Report: Relative calm returns to Beirut after hours of deadly factional fighting

Al Jazeera reports that relative calm has returned to Beirut after some four hours of fighting between rival factions in the Lebanese capital.

Footage from a bit earlier shows armored personnel carriers driving through the capital amid chaotic scenes of gunfire.

It is still not clear who exactly fired at whom, how the clashes broke out and why.

The Hezbollah group and its Shiite allies from the Amal Militia, who had called for a protest against the lead judge probing last year’s massive blast in the city’s port, say their protesters came under fire from snipers deployed over rooftops in the Tayouneh area.

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