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charbel marwan no qaeda in LebanonLebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told As-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published on Sunday that there would be no war in Lebanon things will not get any worse in the country .

“What is currently happening  in Lebanon is direcly related directly to the events in Syria, but I reassure you that things will not get any worse and there will be no war,” Charbel said

Charbel also said that the security forces were doing their job in all Lebanese areas.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle descibed Hezbollah’s involvement in al-Qussair battles as a “dangerous turn of events in Syria,” condemning Hezbollah fighters ‘ targeting of civilians in the city. Hundreds of Hezbollah fighters have reportedly been killed while fighting in support of the Syrian regime of president Bashar al Assad.

Following the end of the al-Qussair battle, Gulf powers have acted to blacklist the Shiite party while Sunni clerics, including Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti called on their Sunni brethren to take action against Hezbollah.

Gulf toursist who are the biggest spenders stayed away from lebanon so far this year. Their absence is clearly evident in downtown Beirut where the majority of the retail establishment closed their doors .  Solidere, which owns all the downtown commercial real estate has seen the price of its  shares drop from around $19   when the Syrian Revolution started in Mid March 2011 to $11.30 last Friday.

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