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Arab League steps into Lebanon crisis

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Arab League steps into Lebanon crisis


There has been renewed fighting between supporters and opponents of the Lebanese government. While a tense peace reigns in Beirut, fighting took place on Sunday, notably at Mount Lebanon, between Druze factions south east of Beirut.

Army tanks have patrolled the streets of Tripoli where a number of people have been killed.

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora compared the killing of innocent civilians with the war with Israel in 2006: “What is going on in Beirut by the militia is something that Israel never dared to do.”

At least 44 people have been killed and almost 30 wounded in the fighting in Beirut when Hizbollah briefly seized control of the capital after the pro-western government’s decision to target its military communications network.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami who supports the pro-Syria opposition appealed to his fellow citizens to beware of foreign influence in Lebanon.

Arab League foreign ministers met for emergency talks in Cairo on Sunday, and a delegation is visiting Lebanon today in a bid to resolve the country’s most serious internal crisis since the civil war that ended in 1990.

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