October 22nd, 2012
04:02 AM ET

Beirut still simmers after weekend clashes

[Updated 6:02 a.m.] At least three people are killed Monday, including two in Tripoli and one in the city of Sidon, according to NNA, the official Lebanese news agency.

Meanwhile, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States will provide assistance in the investigation a car bombing Friday that killed several people, including Lebanon's intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan.

[Updated 4:22 a.m.]  The youth wing of the March 14 coalition has called for a rally in Beirut's Martyrs’ Square in Beirut. It said the rally will be peaceful.  The March 14 movement is an anti-Syrian regime coalition that emerged after the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

[Posted 4:02 a.m.] Beirut, where anti-government rage erupted in clashes over the weekend, remained tense Monday morning with roads still blocked in several neighborhoods. Pockets of clashes continued into the early morning hours, with intermittent gunfire piercing the air.

The Lebanese city of Tripoli also saw fresh clashes, with one girl killed and seven people wounded, the Lebanese Army said.

The root of the violence was a car bomb blast Friday– in broad daylight, at one of the capital's busiest areas - that killed the nation's intelligence chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan. It was the country's most high-profile assassination in more than seven years.

Even though Syrian condemned the attack, accusations over who's responsible homed in on the Syrian government.  Al-Hassan opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and he was also leading an investigation into a Lebanese politician accused of working with two Syrian officials to plan attacks inside Lebanon.

Al-Hassan's funeral was held Sunday, following which protesters took to the streets venting anger at Prime Minister Najib Mitaki for not preventing the attack.

Many of the protesters were allied with Sunni coalitions that have long been sharply critical of the Lebanese government's perceived closeness with the Syrian regime.

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  1. Michael

    Well this should not have happened what did lebanon do to syria all syria does is overpower lebanon and put bad influence and how people look at the muslim faith and its not right not at all....

    October 22, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Michael

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael Bibi

    Well this should not have happened what did lebanon do to syria all syria does is overpower lebanon and put bad influence and how people look at the muslim faith and its not right not at all why does the world have to be like this....

    October 22, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |