Thursday, January 25, 2007

Breaking News: Arab University (Photo)

الجيش اللبناني يحيط بمبنى الجامعة العربية في بيروت والمنطقة المحيطة بها بعد إشكال طلابي بين أنصار "المستقبل" و "أمل" و "حزب الله"

Translation: The Lebanese army is surrounding the Arab University in Beirut and the near area after a clash occuring between students supporters of "Future", "Amal" and "Hezbollah".

Source: LBC

Edited: Also heard from colleagues who made phone calls to near by residents that there are several injured (5 so far), and gun-fire by the Lebanese Army in order to warn watchers on the roofs of the neighboring building to stay far.

Photo below taken from work, sources said that they are burning cars and tires, and the smoke seen is caused by the fire.

The conflicts keep expanding to more areas, they have now reached the Sports Stadium. Now that the weapons have been confiscated, they are throwing stones on each other.

The road to the International Beirut Airport has been closed, and parties leaders call for the people to calm down and get out of the streets.

The Lebanese University declares that all courses will be stopped until next Monday.
16:01 Reuters: 1 dead and many injured.
16:08 According to NewTV, gun shooting at the Lebanese Army.
16:18 One of the public busses has been set on fire.
16:28 Shooting again between the Lebanese Army and anonymous individuals
16:31 Reuters: The person who died is from the opposition forces and has been shot in the head
16:32 Beirut Fire department is working on putting the fire down, and the conflict moves to the neighborhood of the Arab University
16:41 The President of Lebanese Cabinet is urging both the opposition and pro-government supporters to step out of the streets immediately
16:42 Stores closing in Mar Elias area and the near by streets
16:51 Reuters: 4 dead until now
16:56 The Lebanese Army has things under control in the surrounding area of the university
17:00 Fleeing the students from the campus by cars
17:16 Renewal of fires and clashes near the Arab University

Between 6 p.m and 7:30 p.m., things calmed down after the Lebanese Army took control and declared a curfew to start at 8:30 p.m. to end the next day at 6 a.m. Sheik Nasrallah spoke and asked everyone to clear the streets, he also called for the Lebanese Army and persecution to arrest all who possessed weapons, and also expressed his concern that "snipers are back". The SSNP (Syrian Social Nationalist Party) was burned in Tarik al Jadidah.

Moreover, Walid Jumblat holds Syria responsible for what happened today in Lebanon. All the public and private schools and universities will close their doors on Friday and Saturday based on a request by the Minister of Education.

Source: Tayyar.

p.s. This post will keep being updated, keep checking for any news.
Note that people are panicking

Burned car due to the clash earlier this afternoon between students in the Arab University

Reinforcements for the Lebanese Army


  1. I can only see one picture. The news aren't good at all. Sounds like a start of a new civil uncivilised war :( Nshalla tkoun fashit khele2 sari3a w temrou2.
    Thanks for the updates Lilo.

  2. You're so right, civil uncivilised war :S Uncivil war, heh!

    But I am hoping things will be under control and hopefully the politicians will finally find a better solution