Six people died and 20 injured in a shooting as they attended the funeral of a Sunni killed in this week's clashes. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora plans to address the nation for the first time since the situation degenerated into chaos.
Hezbollah's successes in three days of fighting has left the government of Fouad Siniora reeling and made clear that a more powerful Hezbollah is now calling the shots in
In further violence on Saturday, at least four gunmen died in clashes to the east of
The killings raised the casualty toll to 24 dead and at least 55 wounded since the fighting began.
On the streets of
Traffic was thin as many residents stayed at home and
A few shops reopened after the army deployed in several areas but did not interfere with Hezbollah guerrillas, who in turn stayed away from main government installations in
Hezbollah took control of Muslim west
Christian districts in east
Hariri is a son of the late Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, whose assassination three years ago began the worst turmoil in
Hezbollah's show of military might is likely to alarm the West and its Sunni Arab allies who fear
"The meeting is an important step because Arab states have to assume responsibility regarding the situation in
The fighting erupted after the government said it was taking legal action against Hezbollah's military communications network on grounds it was illegal.
Hezbollah, its prestige enhanced in the region after it stood its ground against
Sounding a conciliatory note, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, a key figure in the ruling coalition, said the government was only inquiring about Hezbollah's communication network, the main issue that ignited the latest crisis.
"Dialogue is the only way out," Jumblatt said, adding that the crisis was unlikely to deteriorate unless Hezbollah chooses to "liquidate" the pro-Western government.
The anti-Syria ruling coalition said the "armed and bloody coup" was aimed at increasing
The crisis has paralysed political decisions, left Lebanon without a president and shaken the image it rebuilt as the business and entertainment centre of the
Date created : 2008-05-10