An unsettling bottleneck has occurred at the only exit point from Beirut. Roads leading south and East have reportedly been blocked by armed men at checkpoints, the first sign of a devolution to militia violence. The main highway exiting the capital has already been blocked by the opposition-pictured below.
A fire rages in the middle of the street but is not visible from this vantage point. As I type this, battles are being fought from one apartment building to another with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. A small-scale street war has begun in Beirut.