Tensions rise in Lebanese capital Beirut

Tensions have risen in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troop, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital
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Lebanese citizens demonstrate in front of a picture of Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Jean Kahwaji during a rally in support of the army in Beirut's northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Lebanese taxi driver maneuvers his vehicle under a large national flag during a rally in support of the army in the Beirut northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012, as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Lebanese women rally in support of the army in the Beirut northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Lebanese citizens rally in support of the army in Beirut's northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Lebanese man holds a poster as he rallies in support of the army in Beirut's northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A Lebanese woman rallies in support of the army in Beirut's northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Lebanese citizens wave the Lebanese flag during a rally in support of the army in Beirut's northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Lebanese citizens waving Lebanese flags and a picture of Lebanese Armed Forces Commander General Jean Kahwaji rally in support of the army in Beirut's northern suburb of Dora on May 22, 2012 as tension rose in the country over the killing of a Sunni Muslim cleric by army troops on a checkpoint in the north two days ago, leading to street battles between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in the capital which left two people dead, sparking fears the conflict in Syria is spilling across the border into Lebanon. (AFP/Getty Images)
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