by Justin Salhani
This article first appeared in The Atlantic Post
BEIRUT, Lebanon ‒ In Lebanon, memory is still fresh of a vicious
civil struggle that lasted 15 years and took the lives of over 100,000
people. Lebanese today fear a return to the violence and sectarian
friction of the civil war that ended in 1990. This fear has been
worsened by the war in neighboring Syria.
The Syrian civil war has stoked sectarian divisions in Lebanon, a
small country on the Mediterranean that borders Syria and Israel,
leading to some of the worst bouts of armed clashes in years.
Lebanon’s second biggest city Tripoli in the north has witnessed
repeated skirmishes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad. Select villages in the east Bekaa Valley have been
subject to shelling from both the Syrian armed opposition and the
al-Assad regime, and late last month followers of a radical Sunni Muslim
cleric clashed with the Lebanese Armed Forces in the southern city of
But despite the increase in tension and violent repercussions, many
analysts believe Lebanon will, at least for now, avoid a return to the
full-scale war of years past.
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