Shiite militia forces loyal to Hezbollah have apparently taken control of several neighborhoods in Beirut and briefly seized “the television station and newspaper and political offices of the Sunni parliamentary majority leader, Saad Hariri” before handing them back to the Lebanese Army.
This is all in response to the government’s threat to shut down the private telephone network that links Hezbollah’s military infrastructure.
Lebanon has been a flash point for hostilities in the region for seemingly forever, including the 15 year-long civil war (1975-1990) that started it all. The place is a crazy quilt of competing sectarian interests often acting on (or reacting to) the state interests of Syria, Iran, and Israel.
It looks like things are calming a little, but if this gets out of hand, watch out.