‘‘The permanent members at the United Nations call upon all the parties in Lebanon to preserve stability,’’ Derek Plumbly, the U.N. representative. ‘‘We strongly condemn any attempt to shake Lebanon’s stability.’’
Early Monday, an Associated Press photographer saw dozens of gunmen roaming the streets in Beirut’s predominantly Sunni Tariq Jadideh neighborhood, where fighting has taken place. Local Sunni leaders were trying to convince the gunmen to go home.
In some roads around Tariq Jadideh, masked Sunni gunmen set up checkpoints, stopping cars and asking people about their destination and where they were coming from.
A woman who lives in the neighborhood said the fighting began shortly after midnight and lasted until sunrise.
‘‘We couldn’t sleep because of the shooting. There were also some booms,’’ she said, referring to rocket-propelled grenades. She asked that her name not be used for fear of reprisals.
Associated Press writers Matthew Lee and Bradley Klapper contributed to this report from Washington.