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        6/23/2013, Tammuz 15, 5773

      Report: 6 Lebanese Soldiers Killed by Hizbullah Foe


      At least six Lebanese soldiers were killed in a clash with supporters of a Sunni sheikh opposed to Shi'ite terror group Hizbullah, according to Al-Jazeera. The network  cited a military statement which said only three soldiers were killed and several others were wounded. The statement also said, "An armed group loyal to Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir attacked, for no reason, a Lebanese army checkpoint in the village of Abra," on the outskirts of Sidon, about halfway between the Israeli border and Beirut.

      A security source said Assir's supporters surrounded the checkpoint, where a vehicle transporting other supporters of the Sunni cleric had been stopped. More troops were sent to the area as clashes raged through the afternoon, and there were protests and roadblocks in support of both the army and Sheikh Al-Assir.