Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 09:44 | SYDNEY
Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 09:44 | SYDNEY

All quiet on the Lebanese front?


Rodger Shanahan


2 September 2008 09:28

While there has been little reporting on the security situation in Lebanon since the signing of the Doha Accord, recent events highlight the continued tensions that run below the surface and the complexity of the security challenges facing the Lebanese Government.

In the north, ongoing clashed between Sunnis and Alawites claimed the life of a local imam, while in the south, Hizbullah gunmen shot at a Lebanese army helicopter, killing the pilot. The group later handed over a suspect to the Lebanese military, claiming that the incident had been a tragic mistake.

In the Lebanese camps there are continuing clashes between Fatah and militant Islamist group Jund ash Sham, while in Beirut all is calm except for the odd clash between rival political groups which involved nothing bigger than guns and three grenades. In Beirut terms, this amounts to a scuffle.

Apart from that, all has been quiet. And at least a new Army chief has been appointed after a three-month wait following the accession to the presidency of his predecessor. Given what is going on in Lebanon, he will have his hands full.