Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Mei 30, 2008

Hezbollah seizes large parts of Beirut, 11 killed

Fighting rocks Beirut, kills 10; Hezbollah defiant

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Fierce clashes raged in Beirut on Thursday after the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah said the U.S.-supported Lebanese government had declared war by targeting its military communications network.

Security sources said the fighting killed at least 10 people and wounded 20. The thud of exploding grenades and crackle of automatic gunfire echoed throughout the night in the worst internal strife since the 1975-90 civil war.

Governing coalition leader Saad al-Hariri proposed a deal to end the crisis under which the government decisions that infuriated Hezbollah would be considered a “misunderstanding”.

The decisions would then be referred to the Lebanese army, which has been neutral in the confrontations, giving army commander General Michel Suleiman the option to suspend their implementation.

But Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV later quoted an opposition source as rejecting any ideas for ending the conflict other than those proposed by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah earlier on Thursday. Nasrallah had demanded measures taken by the government this week be rescinded.

The U.N. Security Council called for “calm and restraint”, urging all sides to return to peaceful dialogue. The White House urged Hezbollah to stop “disruptive” acts. …more


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