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Posts Tagged ‘Clashes

Story on Aisha Bakkar

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As I mentioned yesterday in my post about reporting from Aisha Bakkar, where street clashes broke out Sunday, heres my story that ran in The Daily Star today. It was my first story of this kind (conflict reporting directly after the conflict) so it was a bit of a struggle to write, but I think it turned out alright and I’ve figured out what I can do in the future. Heres the main story on Aisha Bakkar by Nicholas Kimbrell that my story was the sider to.

<UPDATE> 9:02 PM Beirut, Went by Aisha Bakkar on my way home from work. The whole area is still on lock down, but a little more relaxed, people and LAF wise. Although I did see a few checkpoints where LAF were stopping and searching cars and talking to people.

I heard the Sunni side had a funeral today for the woman killed, and when I walked through the area there was a group of about 100 people who were having a group meal, I’d assume as part of the funeral. So maybe things can go forward with out retaliatory violence

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June 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

Clashes in Beirut Sunday

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One woman was killed and several wounded (6 according to Now Lebanon) Sunday evening in clashes in Beirut between supporters of the Future Movement, which is led by PM Saad Hariri and supporters of Amal, led by Speaker Nabih Berri. Apparently one Lebanese solider was wounded as well.

The clashes started in the Aisha Bakkar neighborhood and involved gun and RPG fire. The clashes then spread, but its not entirely definitive where they spread to. Heres all the neighborhoods listed in the news reports I’ve read: “Salim Salam, Mosseitbeh and Mar Elias (Now Lebanon) Mar Elias, Verdun, Hay el-Lija, Musaitbeh and Khandaq al-Ghamiq” (Lebanese Forces) Mar Elias (Tayyar).

The Lebanese Armed Forces apparently had the neighborhoods where the fighting was cordoned off and under control by 9 p.m. They threatened to shoot anyone with a gun.

It’s a slightly surprising change given the calm thats been prevalent since the elections, there was a general sense of reconciliation. Ms Tee at B-Side Beirut blames it on the smaller number of votes than expected cast for Berri when he was re-elected speaker, and a possible disagreement between Syria and Saudi Arabia.

Things seem to be calm on Shia Chat, an English language forum. If thats any sign of anything, I don’t know.

Also, heres a brief report from Tayyar, Minister of Interior Ziad Baroud says the usual things, but an interesting line was this one

“Answering a question about weapons being seen a lot with ordinary people he said that the natural place for arms is in the hands of the LAF”

I don’t know who asked the question or if it was based on fact, but it’ something to follow.

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June 29, 2009 at 10:27 am