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Lebanon on the brink?

Another political assassination attempt in Lebanon: Naharnet reports that Greek-Catholic MP Michel Pharaon was targeted for assasination in the east Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafiya this afternoon. The attempt, which occured only hours after the killing of Minister of Industry Pierre Gemayal, threatens to push an already tense situation over the edge. Despite the assurances from Lebanese political leaders ...

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Another political assassination attempt in Lebanon: Naharnet reports that Greek-Catholic MP Michel Pharaon was targeted for assasination in the east Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafiya this afternoon. The attempt, which occured only hours after the killing of Minister of Industry Pierre Gemayal, threatens to push an already tense situation over the edge. Despite the assurances from Lebanese political leaders that open civil conflict is not an option, events on the ground may dictate otherwise. The logic of sectarian killing can be difficult to counter with pleas for understanding and calm. There seem to be dark days ahead for Lebanon. 

For more context, don’t miss FP‘s recent interview with regional expert David Schenker on Syria’s true intentions, whether Hezbollah is rearming, and if the worst days in Lebanon are still ahead.

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