Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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See also Iraq, Syria

Jan. 17: Thousands of pro-Syrian Lebanese protested American interference in Lebanese affairs since the withdrawal of Syrian troops near the US Embassy in Beirut. Students and political activists from 18 pro-Syrian groups, including Hizbullah, participated in the peaceful demonstration. [NYT, 1/17]

Feb. 5: A crowd protesting cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, originally published in the Danish newspaper JyllandsPosten, broke through security forces in the mostly Christian Ashrafiyya neighborhood of East Beirut, and set the building that housed the Danish Embassy ablaze. Approximately 200 people were arrested. [NYT, 2/ 6]

Feb. 6: Interior Minister Hassan Sabeh resigned over his handling of protests of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, which resulted in the burning of the Danish Embassy in Beirut. Sabeh blamed foreign infiltrators for the majority of the violence. [BBC, 2/6]

Feb. 14: Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese gathered in Beirut to mark the oneyear anniversary of the death of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Hariri's son, Saad, who led a coalition of anti-Syrian parties to victory in elections in 2005 but had been in self-imposed exile for six months, spoke in Martyrs' Square about the need for Lebanese to unite, despite sectarian and political differences. [BBC, 2/14]

Feb. 23: US secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a tour of the Middle East, made a surprise stop in Beirut to support the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, and to "express support for the Lebanese people and for the Lebanese government as they try to recover fully their sovereignty. …

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