Siniora’s speech was probably his most anti-Hizbullah to date, and, by referring the matter to the army, pitted Hizbullah against the army, should the militia refuse to heed the call of the military institution.
Shortly after Siniora’s speech, the army command said it would keep the airport security chief in his post pending an investigation, and deal with Hizbullah’s communications network in a way that would preserve the public interest and Hizbullah’s security. The army also instructed soliders to spread the authority of the state and arrest violaters.
The army also called on “all parties” to withdraw fighters from the streets.
As I type this, LBC is reporting that the “opposition” accepted the call to end armed protests, however, it said it would not halt its “civil disobedience”, meaning the tents and occupation of downtown Beirut and likely the airport road would remain.
Hizbullah’s war against the state took another tragic turn this morning, when armed men affiliated with the militia fired at a funeral procession in Tariq Jdeedeh, killing several mourners. Fights broke out in Halba in the north between Future movement supporters and the SSNP, resulting in at least nine SSNP dead.
More details and analysis soon.