21 Jan '11, 2pm

#news #Lebanon Lebanon's rumour mill at full throttle - Channel News Asia

#news #Lebanon Lebanon's rumour mill at full throttle - Channel News Asia

BEIRUT: Lebanon's rumour mill is at full throttle, sparking panic and spreading a sense of foreboding, as a seemingly insoluble political deadlock that has left the country without government deepens. A gathering of Hezbollah supporters in many western Beirut neighbourhoods on Tuesday sparked rumours of a dry run in preparation for a takeover of the capital. Anonymous mobile telephone text messages and even printed fliers this week have warned citizens to flee the city before all hell breaks loose. "I got a BlackBerry message yesterday saying that the situation was bad and that we should leave Beirut," said one marketing student at the Lebanese American University. "A lot of my friends got the same message." Television channels have been feeding the psychosis, flashing any minor incident or loud sound as latest news. Even the scheduled departure from Lebanon of a Western a...

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