The Lebanese army moved into action in an effort to restore peace to Beirut before another civil war erupts which could destroy the nation. It is placing itself between the Hizbullah and the government in a crisis that began when a Hizbullah ally who headed security at the airport was fired by the government. Military leaders called upon all concerned parties to be calm. “The army command calls on all parties to (help restore clam) by ending armed protests and withdrawing gunmen from the streets and opening the roads.” The Army pledged to investigate the firing and claims that Hizbullah was running a telecommunications network that endangered peace.
Hizbullah gunmen began evactuating areas in which they were lodged and some sense of calm has been restored although there are still reports of deaths in various parts of the country.