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Clashes break out after Beirut funeral for Wissam al-Hassan

  • Clashes broke out on Sunday outside government offices in the Lebanese capital of Beirut after the funeral of security chief Wissam al-Hassan.

    Hassan was killed by a car bomb on Friday.

    Protesters tried to storm the building after fresh calls for Prime Minister Najib Mikati to step down. In response, police fired warning shots and tear gas.

    Beirut has blamed Syria for the attack, which left three people dead and injured dozens others.

    Hassan, 47, headed the intelligence wing of Lebanon's internal security forces.

    Lebanon's religious communities are divided between those who support the Syrian government, which includes Shias, and those mostly from the Sunni community who support the rebels.

    The country’s Shia militant group Hezbollah, a close ally of the Syrian government, has condemned the bombing.