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Calm returns to Lebanon after government climbdown

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Calm returns to Lebanon after government climbdown


An Arab League delegation is expected to reach a deal on Lebanon, defusing a crisis that led to six days of armed conflict. On Wednesday, the US-backed government reversed the measures against Shi’ite Islamist group Hizbollah, which triggered fighting that killed at least 80 people.

People in Beirut want to see an end to the violence. “This country is ours and we hope everything will be OK. We hope the leaders will agree,” said a newspaper seller.

The cabinet said it would overturn the ban on Hizbollah’s communications network and reinstate Beirut’s airport chief, believed to have links to the group, which is supported by Syria and Iran. Some analysts described the move as a humiliating climbdown.

Hizbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah had said the moves amounted to a declaration of war and unleashed his fighters on to the streets of Beirut.

Roadblocks on highways including the main airport road are expected to be lifted after an announcement on talks from the Arab League later.

They will deal with Lebanon’s broader political conflict that is seen as a proxy struggle between the United States and Iran.

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