Lebanon army seizes men suspected of plot against Shi'ites

By REUTERS
November 24, 2012 18:10

 
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BEIRUT - The Lebanese army said on Saturday it had arrested five Syrian men found with explosives and suspected of planning an attack on a Shi'ite Muslim procession on Sunday.

The war in neighboring Syria, pitting majority Sunni Muslim rebels against President Bashar Assad's inner circle of Alawites - an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam - has widened rifts in Lebanon, still politically divided along sectarian lines deepened by its own 15-year civil war.

Lebanon's Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah has sided with Assad and anger is growing among Sunnis and other groups sympathetic to the Syrian opposition.

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