22 May 2007

Lebanon: Violent Clashes and an Explosion*

The clashes between the Lebanese army and the organization of Fatah al Islam, as well as the explosion in Ashrafieh (Beirut), took precedence over all other news and blog posts in almost all of the blogs during the past two days. Following are quotes from a number of these posts including a post quoting a civilian trapped in the camp of Nahr el Barid in North Lebanon, in the crossfire, between the army and the organization.

Go to GVO to read more about: In the Nahr el Barid Camp, Explosion in Ashrafieh–Beirut, Word on the Street, Blame Game, Updates, Civilian Casualties, On Fatah al Islam and On How Will the Clashes End

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This roundup was written before the explosion tonight in Verdun (see previous posts 1 2 3) but published after on Global Voices Online.

6 Comments:

Fadi said...

I believe it would be very irresponsible from the government's side and the military as well, if they accept a cease fire. A group like this should be crushed and made an example of to others, like Anwar Raja's gang.

Sophia said...

Mossa,
This is half an hour by car from my village. When I was a child I used to ehar the sounds of Israeli planes pounding the camps. What a pity ! Sanyura has been l;et down, despite declarations to the contrary, by the US and their new neocon friend Sarkozy and he is trying to agitate things by showing 'muscle' in the only place he can do it without accountability, in the Palestinain refugee camps. And Fadi, please read Seymour Hersh's the redirction because these extremists have been armed by nobody elese than sanyura himself with Hariri...
What a pity that lebanese are cheering to the bombing of Palestinian civilians under the cover of fighting a Muslim extremist threat fabricated by nobody else than Sanyura...

ali said...

fadi it was an irresponsible and sure not a wise decision at least on the military level to take such action...no way they can solve things like that because of the high population and it is hard to stop military action now because of the army image, sooo the army is in deep shit and thanks to sanyura and his fate7 el eslam suni movement....hope it doesnt end with a masacire..

Dr. Mathews said...

The Hersh reference:

As a result, Hersh implies, the Bush administration is no longer acting rationally in its policy. "We're in the business of supporting the Sunnis anywhere we can against the Shia. ... "We're in the business of creating ... sectarian violence." And he describes the scheme of funding Fatah al-Islam as "a covert program we joined in with the Saudis as part of a bigger, broader program of doing everything we could to stop the spread of the Shia world, and it just simply -- it bit us in the rear."

Sophia said...

Dr. Mattews,
Thanks for posting the link to Hersh's article. Every Lebanese should read it despite the fact that many of them prefer to believe instead of opening their eyes. I was listening to radio Canada news bulletin in the car half an hour ago and I heard Lebanese saying that the people inside the campas are not Lebanese, there was even a 'doctor' who offered his services to the army saying that, as a way of justifying the bombing of civilians. Today I am ashamed to be Lebanese...because some of my country men and women who consider themselves 'civilised' and life lovers' act like savages when it comes to Human rights and universal human values concerning other ethnies.
I am so upset...

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