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t least seven people were killed and dozens wounded in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Monday, as clashes continue to heighten fears that neighboring Syria's civil war is spreading to Lebanon. The Lebanese army promised swift action to quell the violence, which was incited by the killing last week of a senior intelligence official, Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan. Many politicians have accused Syria of being behind the car bomb that killed Hassan, who opposed the Syrian leadership. Opposition leaders want Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati to resign, saying he is too close to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and his Lebanese militant ally Hezbollah, which is part of Mikati's government.

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