BBC NEWS | Middle East | Gunfight raises Lebanon tension
The Lebanese army has been deployed in Tripoli to try and prevent further clashes between gunmen from opposition and pro-government groups. Tensions have continued to rise in Lebanon since the Syrian backed Lahoud stepped down from the President’s office, without the election of a successor.
At the present time there is a deadlock between the two opposing factions and the vote has been postponed several times.
This is the worst political crisis in Lebanon since the end of the civil war in 1990. It is also a signal that Syria is attempting to gain control of Lebanon by stealth, shoring up influence with the Hezbollah faction.
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