Two powerful bombs exploded near the home of Lebanon's left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt in Beirut on Saturday (4 December) killing two people and wounding 22 others.
Two powerful bombs exploded near the home of Lebanon's left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt in Beirut on Saturday (4 December) killing two people and wounding 22 others. Mr. Jumblatt was out of town on a visit to his native village when the explosions erupted close to his home in Moslem-controlled Western Beirut.
SYNOPSIS: At the headquarters of the left-wing in Beirut on Friday, Mr. Jumblatt met other leaders to discuss the surrender of their heavy arms to the Arab peace-keeping forces. The Syrian-dominated forces wanted the collection of weapons to start this week. But leftist groups want the collection to be linked with the start of a political dialogue. Mr. Jumblatt and his colleagues also expressed their support for the Palestinians who are insisting on their right to retain some heavy weapons under the 1969 Cairo agreement regulating their activities in Lebanon. And with the Christian rightist arguing that they should not be the only groups to comply with the peace-keeping forces' directives, the situation is practically in dead-lock.
In the immediate future there doesn't appear to be a solution to the disarmament problem and if there isn't the fragile peace in Lebanon after 19 months of civil war could again be threatened.