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Rockets raise fear that Syria’s conflict has crossed into Beirut

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Patrick J. McDonnell
Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2013

Lebanese leaders called on their people Sunday to reject sectarian attacks after a pair of rockets slammed into a Beirut neighborhood, raising fears that spillover violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria had come to the Lebanese capital.

The early-morning strike, which left four men wounded, was widely seen as an attempt to foment sectarian strife and discord in a nation that shares many of the demographic traits of Syria, where a more-than-two-year conflict has played out across religious and ethnic lines.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called on citizens to “cut off the road to sedition,” in one of a number of public statements by politicians urging calm and exhorting against retaliation.

The continuing carnage in Syria has escalated tensions inLebanon, but Beirut had until now been spared violence related to the conflict.

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