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Lebanon counts cost of latest internal combat

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The recent fighting between pro and anti-government factions in Beirut may have ended but the combat raged on in Tripoli into this morning. At least two people were reported killed in Lebanon’s second city bringing the total from the week’s bloodshed to around 40.

The conflict erupted after Hizbollah guerrillas seized west Beirut in response to measures against the Shi’ite movement by the western-backed governing coalition. After several days of clashes they agreed to withdraw from the capital when the army — seen as a neutral force — stepped in with a compromise.

It is now in control in Beirut but the opposition, including the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hizbollah, have vowed to continue with a campaign of civil disobedience until all their political demands are met.