West Beirut Currently Under Hezbollah's Occupation
For a third day, the bloody fighting between Shiite and Sunni Arab Muslim factions have been brawling it out in the streets of Beirut with firearms and rocket-propelled grenades. This declaration of war was triggered when the coalition led government had banned Hezbollah’s telecommunication system.
The coalition government said that the telecommunications system was a means to start a coup to bring back the influences of Syria and Iran. The ties between the US with Syria and Iraq are “strained” at the best.
Lebanon’s coalition government said that the coup wants to extend Iran’s influence and power to the Mediterranean Sea.
Hezbollah thought of that action as a declaration of war. Also, the telecommunications system has been unmonitored. During that time, reporters from CNN were pinned down by gunfire coming from Hezbollah. It is highly unlikely that the military will step in and put themselves in the middle of the crossfire between the warring factions as they continue to fight a bloody power struggle.
The United States has remained firm and says that it will stand by the country’s government. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has explained that the United States will stand by in times of need.
At this moment, the western part of Beirut has been occupied by Hezbollah’s forces.
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