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Tensions rise in Beirut in clash over Hezbollah's telecom network
By Yoav Stern and Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz Correspondentsd and The Associated Press
Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria 

Tensions in Lebanon between Hezbollah and its rivals mounted Thursday
with the Shi'ite faction's leader threatening "war" and U.N. Security Council members urging all parties to remain calm and work together toward a peaceful resolution.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the government's decision Tuesday to declare the group's military telecommunications network illegal was tantamount to declaring war on the organization, and demanded that the government revoke it.
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The government says the telecom network is a threat to state security. The government also said it would dismiss the security chief of the country's only international airport because he was suspected of ties to Hezbollah.

Nasrallah said the airport security chief, Major General Wafiq Shukeir, will stay in his post, threatening that "anyone who takes his post, irrespective of religion, knows the outcome of his decision."

During a press conference at his hideout via videolink Thursday, Nasrallah threatened to cut off the hands of anyone who attempted to disarm the group. But he insisted he did not want to spark Sunni-Shi'ite strife.

"Those who try to arrest us, we will arrest them. Those who shoot at us, we will shoot at them. The hand raised against us, we will cut it off," Nasrallah said.

Responding to Nasrallah, Sunni leader Saad Hariri called for Hezbollah to work with him to bring an end to fighting that had broken out in Beirut.

Appearing on television Thursday, Hariri called on Hezbollah "to pull
fighters off the street ... to save Lebanon from hell."

Hariri also proposed a compromise on the government's decision to disband
Hezbollah's military telecommunications network, suggesting that the matter be left up to the army command.

On Thursday night, the U.N. Security Council urged calm and called for a presidential election immediately so that a national dialogue can be held among rival factions.

On Wednesday, Hezbollah blocked access to Beirut International Airport,
causing national airline MEA to cancel its flights and essentially cutting off Lebanon from much of the world.

This was presumably linked to the decision to replace the airport security chief, whom Druze leader Walid Jumblatt accused of assisting Hezbollah with intelligence information  monitoring pro-government politicians and foreign dignitaries.
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  1.   what are these monkeys up to now??? 10:49  |  fadi 08/05/08
  2.   Get a clue Lebanese 11:12  |  Michael 08/05/08
  3.   hizbullah -the tool of evil iran 11:43  |  don 08/05/08
  4.   Hezbollah fighting to save Lebanon from Western Takeover 11:44  |  Lev Bronstein 08/05/08
  5.   the catastrophe of the ME 11:49  |  Sarah 08/05/08
  6.   Indrayaya where are you 11:52  |  Harry 08/05/08
  7.   Tel7as ayri 11:53  |  Abou il Mich 08/05/08
  8.   This is an open revolt 12:03  |  Yonatan 08/05/08
  9.   Iran is Prevailing. US Loosing in the Middle East 12:18  |  MiddleStanian 08/05/08
  10.   Hizbullah is occupying Lebanon 12:19  |  Allon 08/05/08
  11.   "BRONSTEIN" .No Israelis in Lebanon your catch all excuse mantra 12:35  |  PETER SM 08/05/08
  12.   Hezbollah 12:44  |  Yosemite 08/05/08
  13.   #11 - Isarel did not leave Peter, they were defeated and fled 13:25  |  Lev Bronstein 08/05/08
  14.   Hezbolla~RockinRolla 13:49  |  JO 08/05/08
  15.   Get a clue Michael #2 13:52  |  northern neighbor 08/05/08
  16.   Lev Bronstein=Trotsky....interesting? 13:55  |  Irankhez 08/05/08
  17.   If u want peace... 13:55  |  JO 08/05/08
  18.   Sunday brunch and videos 14:01  |  allang 08/05/08
  19.   Israel would benefit If Hizbollah controlled Lebanon 14:05  |  Natallie Durson 08/05/08
  20.   As an Aljazeera reporter, I love this stuff, this keeps my job 14:09  |  POP 08/05/08
  21.   Just leave them alone. Hezbollah celebrates Israel`s 60th birthda 14:23  |  Genuine Tosefta 08/05/08
  22.   The situation continues to deteriorate 14:33  |  Mark Lincoln 08/05/08
  23.   northern neighbour, nothing to add to your one eyed 14:35  |  Karl 08/05/08
  24.   "BRONSTEIN" NASRALLAH admitted he learnt his lesson 14:39  |  PETER SM 08/05/08
  25.   northern neighbor, do you live in a vacuum? 14:56  |  Michael 08/05/08
  26.   Hey Natallie...#19 15:09  |  DR 08/05/08
  27.   Hezbollah revolt in Lebanon, Durson attacks Israel 15:32  |  Joe Sittizen 08/05/08
  28.   Who Cares???.... 15:36  |  WYSIWYG 08/05/08
  29.   Celebrate Israel, destroy Hizbollah 15:47  |  amiratlanta 08/05/08
  30.   hizbullah 15:47  |  Joseph (Lebanese) 08/05/08
  31.   If that`s your attitude Tel7as ayri, fine. 15:57  |  Michael 08/05/08
  32.   Nattalie Duhs on 15:58  |  Michael 08/05/08
  33.   zionist entity.. 16:02  |  Imad 08/05/08
  34.   OOOPS NAT, 16:07  |  truly yours 08/05/08
  35.   get a clue#15 16:10  |  truly yours 08/05/08
  36.   #4 Lev, sounds like KGB to me 16:25  |  John Allen 08/05/08
  37.   #13 Lev. It`s interesting to hear you coments 16:33  |  John Allen 08/05/08
  38.   #4: Lev Bronstein WAS THE ORIGINAL NAME of TROTSKIY. Are you his 16:48  |  Vittorio 08/05/08
  39.   RULES OF THE GAMES CHANGED 16:58  |  Mike 08/05/08
  40.   Telecommunications network used to snoop on Lebanon citizens 17:00  |  Gili 08/05/08
  41.   Just let them have it - they all love hezbollah 17:03  |  Johnny 08/05/08
  42.   #4 Lev Trotsky 17:05  |  Jabotinsky 08/05/08
  43.   #19 Oh Natalie...you really suck 17:09  |  Dan 08/05/08
  44.   will it ever end 17:11  |  Alex 08/05/08
  45.   Mark and Humiliation 17:11  |  Tex 08/05/08
  46.   Hopefully Lebanon Will Destroy Them! 17:13  |  Bill Foonman 08/05/08
  47.   Right to defend themselves 17:16  |  Aaron 08/05/08
  48.   THAT IS NOT TRUE 17:17  |  BAD TRANSLATION 08/05/08
  49.   Lebanon FINALLY kicks HEZBullies in the teeth...about time 17:19  |  dav zee 08/05/08
  50.   Libanon is in danger for a long time... 17:23  |  georges 08/05/08
  51.   Hezb`Allah is a criminal act of aggression against Lebanon. 17:28  |  petra 08/05/08
  52.   The Lebalestinians ar doomed! 17:32  |  A Life 08/05/08
  53.   Durson - a hyporcritical pro-occupaitionist 17:32  |  Ariel 08/05/08
  54.   "Resistance"? 17:33  |  Analyst 08/05/08
  55.   another Nasrallah promise up in smoke 17:34  |  mb 08/05/08
  56.   threats threats threats from an ego-maniac (pig`s ass.) 17:36  |  jewish doctor 08/05/08
  57.   Lev Burnsteen where do you all the nonsense 17:36  |  Simon 08/05/08
  58.   Hezbollah: Hated by Lebanese! 17:37  |  Civilized World 08/05/08
  59.   Sleeping with the enemy 17:40  |  Anette 08/05/08
  60.   @northern neighbor 17:43  |  Innocent bystander 08/05/08
  61.   @ALL LEBANESE!!! 17:45  |  LAST WARNING!!! 08/05/08
  62.   Hezballahstan 17:52  |  herb glatter 08/05/08
  63.   LBronstein - Comrade Stalin was right - you sre crazy 17:55  |  Kamenev 08/05/08
  64.   Nasrallah & Lebanon 18:00  |  Harley 08/05/08
  65.   This is the result of bedding with scorpions! 18:14  |  Pervert 08/05/08
  66.   Just saw the hezbollah intreview - Civil war imminent 18:15  |  Johnny 08/05/08
  67.   Lebanon should have eradicated hezballah 18:16  |  DR 08/05/08
  68.   Karl from Germany 18:17  |  northern neighbor 08/05/08
  69.   fry the hizzy pigs 18:19  |  frenz 08/05/08
  70.   Lev #11 18:22  |  Marc 08/05/08
  71.   Tovarisch Bronstein, I thought the old commy guard has gone with 18:27  |  Man deVoshkes 08/05/08
  72.   VoIP and pissing into the wind 18:27  |  Mark Lincoln 08/05/08
  73.   Don`t Go Away Mad Nasrallah, Just Go Away! 18:39  |  Lavi 08/05/08
  74.   What Nasrallah really says: Libanon is ours. Who ever fights us 18:40  |  Karl 08/05/08
  75.   My goodness - Brothers aren`t getting along 18:42  |  * BEN JABO 08/05/08
  76.   Traitors within 19:05  |  Omar 08/05/08
  77.   Natallie, whose side are you on? 19:08  |  fiona 08/05/08
  78.   today`s headlines 19:24  |  mb 08/05/08
  79.   Good luck to Lebanon! 19:25  |  Murray the Mongoose 08/05/08
  80.   The exact result Israel wanted 19:47  |  Chris Linthwaite 08/05/08
  81.   there we go again 19:55  |  a middle eastern 08/05/08
  82.   Karl the racist 19:56  |  northern neighbor 08/05/08
  83.   BURN IN HELL 20:03  |  Mirzy 08/05/08
  84.   Deja Vu for you Omar as Palestinians were the most traitors 20:05  |  Stuart 08/05/08
  85.   # 4 + 11 - Lev Bronstein, what a nice islamic name! 20:10  |  Guido 08/05/08
  86.   destroy hissbowevil now 20:11  |  ravi 08/05/08
  87.   Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan 20:17  |  P. J. Casey 08/05/08
  88.   Traitors Within... correction 20:18  |  Omar 08/05/08
  89.   Time to End this Business - Invade Syria! 20:25  |  Josh 08/05/08
  90.   Sorry Lev, if that is your name. Israel won that war using 20:25  |  Steve -nyc 08/05/08
  91.   Stuart the Political Imbecile. 71 20:54  |  Omar 08/05/08
  92.   Steve -nyc: We Jews will win and keep winning. 20:58  |  Tupac 08/05/08
  93.   hizbullah 21:10  |  Joseph (Lebanese) 08/05/08
  94.   A paper tiger roars 21:14  |  Clickfool 08/05/08
  95.   U.S.: Hezbollah must choose whether it is terror group or politic 21:14  |  Rev Galvin Templar. 08/05/08
  96.   Who is the US to give orders? 21:19  |  Regan 08/05/08
  97.   Michael - Hezboallah ARE LEBANESE you fool! 21:20  |  Speaker 08/05/08
  98.   Last hours: Lebanese kill Lebanese 21:26  |  Breaking 08/05/08
  99.   Lev 21:31  |  Mickey 08/05/08
  100.   @Chris Linthwaite 21:33  |  civilized Kid 08/05/08
  101.   Chris Linthwaite - more proof of anti-Lebanon cult 21:41  |  JoeSittizen 08/05/08
  102.   #4, Lev...one of the dumberst posts ever!!! 21:47  |  DR 08/05/08
  103.   take away their weapons, then grant them partyship 21:55  |  jewish doctor 08/05/08
  104.   It`s not a resistance, but a gang 22:06  |  dav zee 08/05/08
  105.   If Hezbullah are Lebanese why oh why 22:15  |  Margie in Tel Aviv 08/05/08
  106.   Tigers do not roar, lions do! 22:21  |  Zoo-keeper 08/05/08
  107.   Omar.. the pathetic Palestinian Traitor 22:31  |  Stuart 08/05/08
  108.   6 killed! 22:41  |  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 08/05/08
  109.   First victims: 2 civilians dead, a woman and her son! 22:46  |  Analyst 08/05/08
  110.   First victims: 2 civilians dead, a woman and her son! 22:46  |  Analyst 08/05/08
  111.   # 24 Peter SM ..Delusional as usual 22:47  |  maoriboy 08/05/08
  112.   Now`s the chance to break Hezbollah`s back 22:48  |  B 08/05/08
  113.   @civilized kid #100 22:50  |  northern neighbor 08/05/08
  114.   who are you all to judge!!!! 22:51  |  The True Lebanon 08/05/08
  115.   Can any Lebanese make sense of this for me? 22:53  |  Baffled? 08/05/08
  116.   WATCH " humamitarians" ignore,spin,blame as Arabs do their thing 23:19  |  PETER SM 08/05/08
  117.   #101 Joe Sittizen 23:25  |  Chris Linthwaite 08/05/08
  118.   Olmert: If AG decides to indict me, I will resign 23:37  |  Achtung! 08/05/08
  119.   This is not good for Israel or Lebanon 23:43  |  Mark Lincoln 08/05/08
  120.   northern neighbour(82) from you a gladly accept that compliment 00:13  |  Karl 09/05/08
  121.   according to anb; 10 are dead till now 00:14  |  nora 09/05/08
  122.   hizbullah 00:15  |  Joseph (Lebanese) 09/05/08
  123.   Where are the cries of war-crimes? 00:23  |  Gee 09/05/08
  124.   #75 Ben Jabo Brothers? 00:30  |  maoriboy 09/05/08
  125.   Guido #85 is fake! 00:43  |  Guido 09/05/08
  126.   WATCH the "humanitarians` ignore,deny,spin as Arabs settle their 01:11  |  PETER SM 09/05/08
  127.   northern neighbor (68) you write in your post 15 01:17  |  Karl 09/05/08
  128.   MAORIBOY you tell the Pakehas!! 01:17  |  PETER SM 09/05/08
  129.   MASSACRE!!! 01:20  |  Ariel 09/05/08
  130.   Nasrallah, vowing to "cut off the hand"... 01:34  |  Cato the Elder 09/05/08
  131.   IS AHMADINEJAD going to count the "stinking corpses"? 01:38  |  PETER SM 09/05/08
  132.   Topple the Syrian Alawite dynasty is the solution 01:57  |  Sima 09/05/08
  133.   Natallie 02:01  |  Da Nang 09/05/08
  134.   The latest information is grim 02:16  |  Mark Lincoln 09/05/08
  135.   Chris Linthwaite #111 I`ll answer your questions 02:18  |  Gee 09/05/08
  136.   #2 Lev Bronstein 02:20  |  larzbeach 09/05/08
  137.   TRUE Lebanon not quite true.Your border with Israel was quiet 02:22  |  PETER SM 09/05/08
  138.   #113 Mark 02:25  |  Panther Jet 09/05/08
  139.   linthwhaite, clikfool 02:26  |  Abd-Al-Qadir 09/05/08
  140.   #118 Maori Boys 02:30  |  * BEN JABO 09/05/08
  141.   #109 Baffled 03:06  |  Panther Jet 09/05/08
  142.   Chris Linthwaite re: Joe Sittizen 03:10  |  TonyL 09/05/08
  143.   Answer to `The True Lebanon` 03:24  |  Maronite 09/05/08
  144.   To the True Lebanon 03:38  |  Jer 09/05/08
  145.   wipe hizballa 03:42  |  george 09/05/08
  146.   MARONITE.Denial about Hesballa is not going to help you.!! 03:54  |  PETER SM 09/05/08
  147.   M<ARONITE Denial that your relations with Israel were fine till 04:04  |  PETER SM 09/05/08
  148.   if hizbollah want only war israel can help 04:44  |  seth thomas 09/05/08
  149.   Lebanese waste their life for hatred 05:04  |  Kid 09/05/08
  150.   #128 Peter SM 05:16  |  maoriboy 09/05/08
  151.   Hizballah 05:24  |  America Warriror 09/05/08
  152.   Do they need money or guns? 05:27  |  Aaron 09/05/08
  153.   #111 maoriboy - delusioanl as always 05:35  |  Adrian de Klerk 09/05/08
  154.   #140 Ben Jabo 05:39  |  maoriboy 09/05/08
  155.   @134 - The news is great 05:42  |  Aaron 09/05/08
  156.   #PeterSM and Ben Jabo. 05:54  |  Maureen Ann 09/05/08
  157.   From Iraq to lebanon 05:56  |  Joe Blow 09/05/08
  158.   #Jewish doctor NY City. You failed your statistic maths. 06:06  |  Maureen Ann 09/05/08
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