12 Wounded in Clash over Basketball Game in Deir al-Qamar
Twelve people were wounded on Friday when clashes broke out between supporters of the Deir al-Qamar and the Tawheed basketball teams, reported the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat on Sunday.
Knives and guns were used in the clash that first started as a fistfight between the two sides.
The political powers in the area soon intervened to end the dispute.
The clash erupted when the supporters hurled curses at each other over the basketball game.
The verbal insults soon turned violent when armed supporters of Wiam Wahhab’s Tawheed movement arrived at the scene, revealed security sources to the daily.
The army soon took control of the situation as contacts were made between Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, Wahhab, and the Deir al-Qamar municipality.
Ten people were arrested in the incident.
The army command issued a statement on Saturday over the dispute, saying that four people were injured and the weapons at the scene were confiscated.
Wahhab condemned the incident, demanding in a statement that “the greatest disciplinary measures be taken against all sides involved without exception.”