This article was published in the Independent on Tuesday 25 June, 2013. It was co-written with Richard Hall.
The sound of sniper fire echoing across the Lebanese city of Sidon grew quieter last night as the worst of two days of violence fuelled by the civil war in neighbouring Syria looked to be drawing to a close.
In recent days this usually bustling coastal city has been paralysed, becoming the latest flashpoint in Lebanon to be affected by the war across the border. The fighting has drawn comparisons to events that preceded Lebanon’s own civil war, which lasted from 1975 to 1990 and was fought largely along sectarian lines.