Hezbollah Says Lebanon Has Declared War

This morning Beirut, Lebanon has devolved into heavy gunfire as Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah said of statements against Hezbollah's telecommunications network, "the decision is tantamount to a declaration of war. . . on the resistance and its weapons in the interest of America and Israel." Almost immediately following the statement, the city of Beirut erupted into gun battle and the use of rocket-propelled grenades.

The US-backed government in Lebanon said on Tuesday that the military telecommunications network was illegal and a threat to state security. The subsequent violence appears mostly sectarian which brings up echoes of the 1975-1990 civil war that ravaged Lebanon.

Most Sunnis are supporting the Western-backed government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora. Shiites generally support the opposition led by Hezbollah, a group labeled by the US as a terrorist organization. Christians are split between the two. Flights in and out have been canceled, trapping many in the chaos.

Tensions began two days ago with a strike and has escalated into violence rapidly.