Conflict & Justice

Relative quiet in Lebanon

Lebanese Army troops roll through this neighborhood and fighting here between Sunni supporters of the government coalition and Shia supporters of the Hezbollah-led opposition ended this morning. About a dozen people were killed in Tripoli, mostly Shia, but the Sunnis lost elsewhere in the country. these men say the Sunnis should fight until the end, but their weapon stockpiles pale in comparison to Hezbollah. Saad Hariri, one of the leaders of the government coalition, says he won't surrender to Hezbollah but also won't take up arms, soft talk which might anger some of his supporters. This Sunni leader says the people are humiliated and want their Sunni leaders to fight back. Lebanon may not be able to stop those extremist groups by itself and it would need strong backing from Arab states and the US. the US has supporters the beleaguered Lebanese government but some analysts believe the situation is manageable and the government has a moral strength because it did not respond in kind to Hezbollah's attacks. Opposition leaders have expressed similar sentiments and everybody it seems wants to talk but all talks come with pre-imposed conditions from both sides.

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