Rival Shiite Moslem militias resumed fighting Monday, killing five people and wounding 15 others in clashes despite a Syrian shoot-to-kill threat, police said.

Gunmen of the pro-Syrian Amal militia and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, or Party of God, fought for 40 minutes before dawn around the Iranian Embassy in west Beirut's seaside Jnah district, authorities said.Police said two people were killed and six wounded. Syrian peacekeeping troops then intervened and halted the flare-up.

The new casualties raised the total to 40 killed and 87 wounded since the latest Amal-Hezbollah confrontation resumed Wednesday.