Friday, May 9, 2008

Civil war starting in Lebanon?

Charles Malik is live blogging from Lebanon

BBC News:
At least seven people have been killed in fighting between supporters of Lebanon's government and followers of the Hezbollah-led opposition in Beirut.

Clashes continued through the night as gunmen fought with rifles and grenade launchers in central and southern areas of the city.

Fighting erupted after Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah condemned the closure of its telecommunications network.

He said the move by the government was a "declaration of war".

Mr Nasrallah vowed to "cut off the hand" that attempted to dismantle it and said that the only way out of the crisis was for the government to rescind the decisions it took on Monday. Read more

Update: Hezbollah militias seize West Beirut

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