The kiling last night of a Druze politician in Lebanon has heightened tensions in the country ahead of talks aimed at reconciling rival factions.
Saleh Aridi, a senior member of the pro-Syrian opposition Democratic Party, was killed and six people were injured in a car bomb attack in Beysur, south-east of Beirut.
Aridi was a close associate of pro-Syrian Druze leader Talal Arsalan and a rival of Walid Jumblatt, who leads the anti-Syrian Druze majority.
His killing comes comes as political parties in Lebanon gear up for national talks, due to start next week.
An agreement was signed in Tripoli on Monday that has halted the clashes between Sunnis and pro-Syrian Alawites, but wider political differences remain.
Critics of the agreement say it doesn’t tackle demands for militias to be disarmed.