The site of a traffic choked street is not cause for optimism in most cities of the world...
The site of a traffic choked street is not cause for optimism in most cities of the world...but in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, such a sight is being hailed as a "great step forward". The latest of several ceasefires appears to be finally returning life to normal in the troubled city.
Beirut came almost to a standstill for several months as rival political and religious factions made it...and the rest of Lebanon... a battleground.
But last week the two main rival groups, the right wing Christians and the left wing Moslem factions, agreed to try and organise yet another ceasefire.
For the people of Beirut and other Lebanese towns the truce means that for the first time in as many months they can again walk the streets without taking the risk of being shot or shelled.
SYNOPSIS: After several months of violence the streets of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, are returning to scenes that resemble normality. Previously the factional fighting between the groups of right wing Christians, and left wing Moslems had brought the city to a standstill. But the latest of several ceasefires appears to be working...despite a certain amount of scepticism by the people of Beirut.
The remains of sandbags and burnt out vehicles which were used as barricades by both sides at the height of the violence...are now being removed. Traffic is again flowing in the streets as the city's inhabitants enjoy the unaccustomed luxury of being able to walk about without taking the risk of being shot or shelled. But despite the apparent calm the people are ever ready to dive behind some of those sandbags...for there have been lulls in the Lebanese storm before.