Diplomatic efforts have begun to try to ease the situation in Lebanon, with the European Union’s foreign policy chief visiting Beirut. Javier Solana was in the Lebanese capital to meet with the Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri, to discuss the increasing violence in the country.
Solana said the EU would try to help: “Today I have come here to see how the situation has evolved, to make an analysis and to see if there is any manner in which we can help and calm this situation down.” Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora met with Palestinian faction leaders to talk about the clashes. PLO, Islamic Jihad and Hamas representatives attended the meeting.
Protests in other Palestinian refugee camps have taken place today with residents angry over the shelling of Nahr al-Bared, which they believe is random firing causing civilian casualties. There are also those still in the camp – as conditions deteriorate – with no electricity or water supply.