Lebanon on brink as Beirut erupts in violence

Lebanon’s democracy is on the point of collapse, as a bloody battle between political and paramilitary organisation Hezbollah and government-backed militias threatens to tear the country apart.

10th May, 2008

Lebanon’s democracy is on the point of collapse, as a bloody battle between political and paramilitary organisation Hezbollah and government-backed militias threatens to tear the country apart.

The fighting is the worst since the end of Lebanon’s bloody 15-year civil war, in 1990, and there are renewed fears another one might be about to break out. So far, at least 24 people have been killed and 40 injured, in street fighting between rival...

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