09 May 2008

Hezbollah Runs Amok in Beirut

Hezbollah seems to have been in the news a lot this week. First with released information from the US military that they were training Shi'ite militias near Tehran to wreak havoc in Iraq. Next they beat up a Reuters photographer (h/t McClatchy Watch). Now, clashes have erupted in Beirut after their telecommuncations got shut down by the government. BBC reports:

The fighting began after the leader of Hezbollah described the government's move to close its telecommunications network as a "declaration of war". Hassan Nasrallah vowed to "cut off the hand" that attempted to dismantle it. Earlier, the Lebanese army command warned its unity was at risk if the ongoing political crisis and civil unrest in Beirut continued.

The correspondent from Al-Jazeera English announced that he just got back from Baghdad and the explosions/gunfire were way worse in Beirut. Oh boy.

Worse than Sadr City? That's not good...