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article imageBeirut lifts curfew after clashes

By bobSP     Jan 26, 2007 in World
The overnight curfew placed on the city after violent fights between students belonging to rival factions has been lifted.
The political war-zone that had been building for at least the last year erupted once more yesterday and in its wake 4 people were murdered, 150 were injured, and those are just the preliminary numbers.
The army was forced to come in to quash the violence by firing into the air several warning shots. These violence-laden outbreaks came during what was to be a happy time--a time of rejoice, a time of renewed prospects of a glorious future--$7.6bn was pledged to the nation to help it recover from last year's Hezbollah-incited conflict with Israel.
The Violence was between the moderate Sunni's and the extremist Shia muslims. The Sunni's are known for supporting the government, while the Shia are the main base for the destabilizing Hezbollah 'political party' (known for perpetrated numerous terrorist acts and funding others around the world).
The fighting began at a local university, but soon spread to the rest of the city--and brought in other members of the neighborhood and members of Hezbollah.
In what some leaders called reminiscent of a civil war, the violence escalated very quickly and buildings were ransacked and cars destroyed--forcing the government to institute a curfew.
It seems that the violence has stopped and that it is now safe for the public to enter the streets once more--but for how long exactly? From the looks of Hezbollah's past? Not long at all.
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