Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Israel, Syria

Jan. 19: The Lebanese army found 75 Grad missiles in a flourmill in the southern Lebanese village of Al-Biri. The missiles, which most likely belonged to the Jama' Al-Islamiya group, had been hidden near the border with Israel for approximately ten years and were recently transferred to the flourmill. [JP, 1/20]

Jan. 24: Three Lebanese were killed and 1 33 wounded in clashes during a Hizbullah-led strike aimed at bringing down Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's government. The Lebanese government accused the opposition of trying to launch a coup after thousands of protesters blocked main roads and burned tires. In a televised speech, Prime Minister Siniora said that he would not step down. Hizbullah ended the strike 24 hours later, but noted that it should serve as a warning to the government. [Haaretz, 1/23]

Jan. 25: Foreign donors participating in a conference in Paris pledged $7.6 billion in aid and loans for the rebuilding of Lebanon after the 34-day long war between Israel and Hizbullah that ended in August 2006. Highly in debt following 15 years of civil war, Lebanon's economic situation had further deteriorated due to the recent violence between the government and Hizbullah-led opposition supporters. [BBC, 1/25]

An argument between two students in the cafeteria of the Beirut Arab University in Tariq Jadidah, a Sunni area, developed into a street fight in which four were shot dead and 150 were wounded. Following the clash, the Lebanese army declared a night curfew in Beirut to stop an escalation of violence between pro- and anti-government factions. …

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