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May 11, 2008 | 15:54 GMT

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Lebanon: Clashes Continue Around Beirut; Cabinet To Meet

Fighting broke out in Lebanon on May 11 between pro-government supporters of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and Shiite gunmen, The Associated Press reported, citing security officials. The clashes, which began at about 2 p.m. local time, took place in the central mountains near Beirut and involved rocket and machine gun fire. Jumblatt has urged his supporters to lay down their arms, Iran's PressTV reported, adding that heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard in Mount Lebanon and south of Beirut. Beirut was mostly deserted, because Sundays are a day off, but many roads were still closed due to a civil disobedience campaign. Lebanon's Cabinet will meet in the next two days to consider ways out of the crisis, The Associated Press reported, citing an unnamed government official. The Cabinet is expected to rescind its decision to dismantle Hezbollah's communication network.

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