Blood stains covers a bullet riddled wall where Druze supporters of Walid Jumblatt were [unconfirmed] executed in cold blood by Hezbollah militiamen in Choueifat - YaLibnan.
While analogies between the violence witnessed in our capital [and its surroundings] over the past six days and the country’s fifteen-year civil war have become commonplace in the consciousness of the Lebanese and the media reports that have accompanied the fighting, it is with a dark realization that the Lebanese are slowly turning to face the true meaning of Hizballah's precipitation of sectarian violence. This, as rumours and reports of sectarian-based massacres begin to permeate the country:
Saturday May 10th – Day 4: A local Shiite shop owner opens fire on a Sunni funeral procession in the mixed [Sunni-Shiite] Tareeq Jdeedeh neighbourhood of Beirut. Two people are reported killed, and six wounded.
Saturday May 10th – Day 4: Following news of the Tareeq Jdeedeh massacre, gun battles erupt between Sunni militants and gunmen loyal to the Hizballah-allied SSNP party in the pre-dominantly Sunni rural district of Akkar. In the town of Halba, an SSNP office is raided resulting in the murder of ten SSNP partisans. Rumours of attempts by Sunni gunmen to enter a hospital [in search of wounded SSNP gunmen] in the district circulate.
Saturday May 10th – Day 4: Following an attempted raid on the pre-dominantly Druze mountain town of Aley by Hizballah militiamen the night before, rumours circulate of the dismemberment of the bodies of at least one Hizballah militant killed in the fighting.
Monday May 12th – Day 6: After a day of intense clashes throughout the Chouf and Aley mountains [including the use of mortar and artillery fire by attacking Hizballah-led militants] rumors emerge of summary executions by the group in the town of Choueifat.
Speaking in a news conference today Hussein Khalil, political assistant to Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah, attempted to elicit sympathy for his group and its actions; portraying his militia’s takeover of the capital, bombardment of the mountain, and inciting of an inter-sectarian war between the country’s Sunnis and Shiites as a ‘just’ reaction to the Lebanese government’s shifting of a General from a post and its ordering of an investigation into a communications network.
His words were disgusting. Hizballah’s violent attack on Lebanon, and the humiliating murders, massacres, kidnappings and atrocities that attack has precipitated across all its sects, will be a stain of blood on the group forever. As of today, May 12th 2008, Hizballah’s attack on Lebanon has left at least 200 wounded and over 60 dead ... God rest their souls.