Gunfire Rocks Beirut

Gunfire erupted in Beirut on Sunday as men armed with rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers began shooting at each other in the city’s southern districts. No casualties have been reported yet, according to Reuters. The skirmish comes after hundreds of protesters tried to force their way into government buildings in Beirut earlier in the day. Soldiers firing machine guns into the air broke up the protests, which were prompted by a funeral for a top security chief who died in a bombing blamed on Syria. The protesters broke through the outer security barrier around buildings used by the Lebanese government and were met by police who fired tear gas into the crowd, according to witnesses who spoke to Reuters.