Lebanese Shiite and Sunni groups fought street battles using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades for more than four hours Tuesday, killing three people and wounding several others just blocks from a busy downtown packed with summer tourists.http://www.wtopnews.com/?sid=2006997&nid=116
The dead included a Hezbollah official and his aide, security officials said.
Lebanese soldiers cordoned off the area during the worst of the fighting, but the crackle of sniper fire and blasts from rocket-propelled grenades were audible for hours.
Gunmen stood on corners and peering down alleyways while families ran for cover during lulls in the fighting. Ambulances rushed to the scene; an elderly man was loaded into a stretcher clutching his neck, while another man was covered in blood and not moving.
It was the worst clash in Beirut since May 2008, when Hezbollah gunmen swept through Sunni neighborhoods after the pro-Western government tried to dismantle the group's telecommunications network.
With all due respect to Time magazine and the rest of the mainstream media, American "Islamophobia" and Israeli imperialism are not the causes of strife in the Muslim world.
The cause of most strife in the Muslim world is ongoing violent religious argument between the various Islamic sects and apostate groups.