The individuals were charged with crimes including murder, inciting sectarian strife, having unlicensed weapons and sabotage, local media reported.

The clash south of Beirut on October 14 was the worst fighting in the capital in years.
The clash south of Beirut on October 14 was the worst fighting in the capital in years. (AP)

A Lebanese judge has charged 68 people in this month's deadly clash south of Beirut that left seven people dead and dozens wounded.

The National News Agency reported on Monday that Judge Fadi Akiki, a government representative at the military court, charged the 68 people with crimes including murder, attempted murder, inciting sectarian strife, having unlicensed weapons and sabotage.

The NNA said 18 people are in detention while the remaining 50 remain at large. It did not give a breakdown showing to which groups the 68 belong.

The clash south of Beirut on October 14 was the worst fighting in the capital in years and broke out during a Hezbollah-organised protest against the judge leading the investigation into last year’s massive Beirut port blast.

The battle went on for five hours between supporters of Lebanon’s two powerful Shia factions, Hezbollah and Amal, and gunmen believed to be supporters of the Christian Lebanese Forces party.

It took place on the line between Beirut’s Chiyah and Ain el Rumaneh neighbourhoods, the same frontline that bisected the capital into warring sections during the country’s civil war.

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Also on Monday, Lebanon's military intelligence agency summoned the head of the Lebanese Forces, Samir Geagea, to give testimony regarding the deadly clashes. 

He was asked to appear before military investigators on Wednesday.

Geagea has said that he refuses to be questioned by Akiki unless the judge first questions Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. It wasn't immediately clear if he will appear before investigators.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies