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Lebanon clashes: At least 16 soldiers killed in Sidon

At least 16 Lebanese soldiers have been killed in clashes with Sunni militants in the port city of Sidon.

Fighting broke out after supporters of a radical Sunni cleric opened fire on a checkpoint on Sunday.

Witnesses said machine gun and rocket fire shook Sidon, 40km (28 miles) south of Beirut, causing panic among residents.

Jeremy Bowen reports.

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