October 23rd, 2012
02:00 AM ET

The latest key developments in the unrest in Lebanon

Editor's Note: Since the assassination last week of Lebanon's intelligence chief, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan,  sporadic fighting has erupted across Lebanon, threatening to plunge the country into chaos and raising fears that it could be drawn into the bloody 19-month-old civil war in neighboring Syria. It's a complicated situation with several key players. Here are the latest developments for Tuesday: 

[Update 6:20 a.m. ET] Lebanon’s Interior Minister Marwan Charbel says the discovery that the car bomb was placed in a stolen Toyota RAV 4 could result in leads that would help the investigation.

[Update 6:15 a.m. ET] Prime Minister Najib Mikati signs a declaration referring al-Hassan's assassination the nation's Judicial Council.  He says the process needs to move faster.

[Updated 6:08 a.m. ET] Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem calls al-Hassan's assassination an attempt to create instability in Lebanon and "incite internal strike," the group's website reported.  Following the announcement that a FBI team is headed to Lebanon to assist in the investigation, Qassem calls the matter an "internal issue."

[Updated 6 a.m. ET] EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton expresses concern "about the stability in Lebanon," following a meeting with Mikati, the Lebanese news agency, NNA, reported.

[Updated 5:55 a.m. ET] The United Nations announces it is canceling Wednesday's U.N Day Celebration in Beirut in the spirit of national mourning, following al-Hassan's death.

[Updated 5:01 a.m. ET]  At least seven people are dead following Monday's violence as Sunni Muslims and Alawites, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, continue to clash in the port city of Tripoli, the Lebanese news agency, NNA, reported.   The Alawites support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who shares their faith, while the Sunnis do not.

[Posted 2:00 a.m. ET] Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati is now meeting with EU foreign policy Chief Catherine Ashton in Beirut, according to the Lebanese national news agency. Ashton is on a tour of the Middle East.

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  1. larry5

    At least they are not using the "it was a video tape" story. Not every government official thinks the everyone else is a blithering idiot.

    October 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HB

    I love Lebanon.My country My home is the most beautiful country no matter what I just wish they would stop killing each other using religion as an excuse.Everyone who views Lebanon as a 3rd world country clearly has not visited Beirut.I just wish this fighting would stop before it damages the newly rebuilt Beirut. People work so hard to provide for their families its a shame that a hand full of idiots with guns chose to destroy their own land. We have nothing to do with Syria and we don't want the blood shed to spread to our country .Its not a violent country it has its ups and downs but I just wish the government can do more to protect their people and land.First it was Hariri now the person who was seeking the truth .. whats next? whos next? no one deserves to live in fear.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Rehnberg

      HB-I wish I knew Lebanon, only from the Bible, but I get the sense like it is on the cusp of great things. Syria is madness. So much hate, and they kill in the name of some virgins, but really, who is the virgin in heaven? Madness. That we reap what we sow, Assad, you will go the way of Ghaddafi. Lebanon will be free once again, and the Lebanese seeds will return from the promised land back to the holy one.

      October 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Assad is, as he and his father always were, the only responsible for the hate, killing, and destruction is Syria and Lebanon, period.

      October 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JER5EY

    Why am I seeing Shia v Sunni over & over as of late?

    October 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Walter Sieruk

    Lets all get with reality. Which is that all this violence and murders are all part of the militant jihadism of Islam. That is real non-watered down, hard core Islam and nor some kind of hijacked or warped Islam as the apoligists for this religion claim as an attempt to cover up the truth. After all the Quran does teachin 9:112 "The belivers fight in Allah's Cause, they slay and are slain, kill and are killed." Likewsie, is 8:39 it also twaches "Fight them untill all opposition ends and alll sumit to Allah." These are just a few of the many verse in the Quran that teach fighting and killing. Islam a peaceful religion ? BULL ! All this does bring to mind the wisdom of the words of Thomas Paine from hisa book THE AGE OF REASON. Which reads "Any system of religion which has anything in it that shocks the mind of a child, cannot be a true system."

    October 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |

    What really bewilders me is that people would analyze and talk about Lebanon as if they know Lebanon. People, please before being prejudice about Beirut or Lebanon, know more about it. We are one of the most cultural and educated people in the world and we know how to embrace live and live today like there is no tomorrow. So as soon as others stop interfering in us like: Syria, USA, Iran, KSA, Israel and others, you can see the big difference, but since everyone wants a piece of us, they won't rest. Just to let you know, we will always be the most resilient people in the world and we will always be the community who loves life and experience its wonders. Live it up, laugh, party, and embrace happiness. This is what we are all about.
    Marvin from the fabulous Beirut City – The best night life in the world.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nibal

    Majority of the Lebanese witnessed the Civil war or at least still suffering from it. Our problem that we always blames others and we all agree that we always execute things on the ground. i wonder when we will wake up and wash out all these politicians who represents their own interest and who ruled militias and political parties and caused our sufferings and today they are politicians controlling and deciding on our behalf. we are all equally engaged in the suffering of ourselves and brothers. Stop accusing others it is always us to blame because we are so weak, fragile and manipulated. ALl the countries that are supporting actions in Syria have no borders with Syria and miles away and we are paying the price since Cairo's 1967 agreement made by Arabs to have South of Lebanon a battle and launching zone and later they gave Syria the green light to rule us and today they are asking us to have North and Bekaa as battle and launching zone against syria. Wake up Lebanese and let us capture the moment and make Lebanon strong.

    October 31, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. AirForceTough

    A stolen car? That sounds illegal.

    November 1, 2012 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |