Fighting continues in Tripoli, Lebanon
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Over thirty people have died as a result of several days of fighting in Lebanon, with the latest violence having occurred in the Lebanese city of Tripoli. The violence is the result of conflict between Hezbollah and supporters of the . Over the past four days, there has also been violence in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, although most of the violence has now left that city. A BBC reporter noted that machine guns and rocket propelled grenades were being used.
Approximately 7000 people have now evacuated from the scene of the violence, although the level of violence has decreased after the Lebanese government announced that it would retract two decisions which have proven to be controversial with supporters of Hezbollah.
According to, Hezbollah currently has control of a large amount of Beirut. A TV station that supported the Lebanese government is no longer broadcasting as a result of these recent incidents.
The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice commented on these latest incidents. She said that she was "deeply concerned" by the current situation in Lebanon. She also stated that, in her opinion, Hezbollah should stop "undermining the legitimate authority of the Lebanese government."
also reported on the incident. It reported that the Lebanese government was struggling to bring an end to the violence.
In addition to the 36 deaths from the violence, over ten dozen people have been wounded, some seriously, by the attacks.
On Friday, a US government spokesperson discussed the ongoing situation. He said:
Prime Minster of Lebanon Fouad Siniora also commented on the incidents. He demanded that Hezbollah "remove its fighters from the streets… and respect government institutions."
- "Lebanese violence reaches Tripoli" — , May 11, 2008
- Alia Ibrahim. "Lebanon Struggles to Defuse Crisis" — , May 11, 2008
- "Hezbollah Seizes Swath of Beirut From U.S.-Backed Lebanon Government" — , May 10, 2008
- "Hezbollah to End Armed Presence in Beirut" — , May 10, 2008
- Press Release: "Daily Press Briefing" — , May 9, 2008