Lebanese troops killed in clashes with Sunni radicals

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Updated June 24, 2013, 11:11 pm

Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with Sunni radicalsAFP © Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with Sunni radicals

SIDON, Lebanon (AFP) – Sixteen soldiers have been killed in clashes with supporters of a radical Sunni cleric in southern Lebanon, the army said Monday, in violence tied to rising sectarian tensions fanned by the Syria conflict.

The fighting began on Sunday on the outskirts of the city of Sidon and intensified on Monday, residents and local media said.

The security cabinet, including Lebanon’s army chief, pledged the military would fight until it “finishes with” Salafist Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir.

A military judge issued a warrant for the controversial cleric’s arrest, a judicial source said.

The violence is among the worst in Lebanon since the start of the Syrian conflict, which has inflamed sectarian tensions in the country, particularly between Shiite supporters of the Damascus regime and Sunni backers of the uprising.

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“Sheikh Assir will stay in the mosque until the last drop of blood.”

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Playing With Matches in Gaza

From Giza to Gaza, its the weather channel day and night now.

H/T Gates of Vienna:

Our Israeli correspondent MC sends this brief report about last night’s fireworks show from Gaza:

Hi Baron,

I awoke last night to three explosions, probably Iron Dome taking out the missiles fired at Ashkelon.

I read in the newspapers that this is all about an internal squabble in Gaza, where the little boys are playing with matches at our expense.

It just illustrates how cheap human life is to the Palestinians, and Jewish life particularly so.

I suppose that what is worse is that the rest of the world excuses this behavior, or ignores it,

MC

Below are excerpts from a report on the incident in The Times of Israel:

 

In Upside-Down Gaza, Rockets Fired at Israel Actually Aim to Hurt Hamas

The latest barrage, launched by Islamic Jihad, is largely due to internal Palestinian strife — not a desire to inflame tensions with Israel

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