Lebanon increasingly on edge

March 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 26 (UPI) -- The Lebanese military moved to restore stability in northern Lebanon after kidnappings were reported in the region, sources said.

Lebanese security sources told The Daily Star newspaper on condition of anonymity that members of the Free Syrian Army were attacked on their way to a hospital this week. Clashes erupted in northern Lebanon following kidnappings in the region, the newspaper reports. It wasn't clear if the incidents were related.

At least 12 people were killed in three days of fighting between pro- and anti-Syrian groups in Tripoli.

Lebanon has been on edge for most of the year as the civil war in Syria threatens to spill across the border. March marked eight years since Lebanon broke free of Syrian influence during its Cedar Revolution.

The British government last week expressed concern about Lebanon's internal stability following the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Mikati. British Foreign Minister William Hague said Mikati's resignation and violence in Tripoli added to the list of growing Lebanese concerns.

The U.S. State Department confirmed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with Lebanese officials but stressed Lebanon's politics were internal matters.

Mikati hails from the March 8 coalition, a political slate that includes members of Hezbollah.

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