Lebanon's interior Minister, Salah Salman, has announced the formation of joint committees in the Shouf district to try and defuse tensions.
Lebanon's interior Minister, Salah Salman, has announced the formation of joint committees in the Shouf district to try and defuse tensions. The move was announced on Tuesday (23 August) after rival factions clashed in the area over the weekend and 15 people were either killed or wounded.
SYNOPSIS: To date about 30 Moslems and Christians have been detained by peacekeeping forces and a large number of weapons seized. The village involved had been sealed off after the clash which has been described as the worst since Lebanon's civil war ended.
Mr Salman met local representatives in the area on Tuesday. As well as organising the committees, the meeting agreed to improve security in Shouf villages. Afterwards, Mr Salman spoke about the fighting.
Reports on the incident vary, but it's thought Christians attending a funeral starting firing in the air - a traditional sign of mourning. The Druze villages were apparently provoked and fighting ensued.