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BEIRUT, Lebanon – Mixed in with the sweltering sun, heat and humidity, Lebanon is growing increasingly tense as the country braces for a United Nations report on the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri that could implicate members of the Loyalty to the Resistance, also known as Hezbollah, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

Meantime, Israel has renewed threats to attack populated areas of Lebanon if there is more conflict similar to what happened here in August 2006 when there were 34 days of gunfire before a cease-fire could be worked out. It resulted in the deaths of some 2,000 Lebanese and 160 Israelis, mostly military.

The suggestion Hezbollah was involved in the death of the former prime minister has elicited strong public criticism in recent days from Hezbollah leader Sayyad Hassan Nasrallah, who has described the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as an “Israeli plot.”

Hezbollah’s allegations have prompted concerns about new domestic political infighting such as the Shiite Hezbollah’s attack on the armed militia of the pro-government March 14 Futures Movement in May 2008.

For its part, the Futures Movement, led by Lebanese Prime Minister Raad Hariri, son of the assassinated former prime minister, said Nasrallah’s comments regarding the tribunal anticipate results of the investigation that could lead to a reoccurrence of violence.

In 2008, Hezbollah reacted against the Future Movement’s militia after the cabinet attempted to dismantle Hezbollah’s telecommunications network and fire the head of security at the Rafic Hariri Beirut International Airport, which is located in the Hezbollah-controlled area of Beirut. The security chief is a member of Hezbollah and was reinstated as a condition of the cease-fire at the time.

The tribunal is expected to release its findings in September.

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