BEIRUT, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Fierce clashes erupted in the town of
Taalabaya in Lebanon's Bekaa valley on Tuesday when gunmen opened fire from
overlooking hills on a funeral procession for a Sunni victim who was shot dead
earlier, local As-Safir daily reported Wednesday.
The victim Abdallah al-Adawi was a member of Sunni Future movement headed
by majority leader MP Saad Hariri.
The Tuesday clashes blocked traffic along the highway connecting the
pre-dominantly Shiite village of Taalabaya and Sunni village of Saadnayel, said
the report, giving no more details about the clashes.
The clashes took place while Lebanese rival political leaders were meeting
at the presidential palace for national dialogue.
In June, more than three people died in clashes between Shiite supporter of
Hezbollah and Sunni supporters of Future Movement in Taalabya and the
neighboring village of Saadnayel.