Lebanon peace activists call for an end to sectarian violence

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Lebanon peace activists call for an end to sectarian violence

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Young Lebanese activists have held a peace march in memory of the victims of last Friday’s car bombing in central Beirut.

Demonstrators walked from the city’s Martyrs Square calling for an end to the violence that has flared since the attack.

The march came as the Lebanese army arranged a ceasefire in the northern city of Tripoli following two nights of fighting which left 10 people dead.

Lebanese pop singer Carol Sakr, who was among the activists, said: “What we want is peace; what we want is talks. Let’s try another language this time. We have tried the language of war and it hasn’t worked.”

Last Friday’s blast reignited sectarian tensions which had already been inflamed by the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria.

As well as Tripoli, clashes broke out in Beirut between Sunni and Alawite Muslims loyal to different sides in the Syrian civil war.

Lebanon’s head of internal intelligence Wissam al-Hassan – a Sunni – was one of eight people killed in the Beirut car bomb.

He had implicated Damascus in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.