A car bomb shook downtown Beirut today, killing former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah and five other people, underscoring how the fallout from Syria’s civil war is deepening divisions in neighboring Lebanon.
Five years after the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri , his son’s government of national unity has sought to stabilize a country torn for decades by sectarian war. The search for Hariri’s killers puts that goal at risk.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri for the first time publicly blamed the collapse of his government in January on the leader of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, and its backer, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The United Nations prosecutor investigating the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri filed his indictment after tensions over the probe brought down the country’s government last week.