Lebanon Braces for Anti-Assad Rally

    Supporters of the March 14th anti-Syrian opposition coalition take part in a protest a day after the assassination of Internal Security Forces (ISF) intelligence chief General Wissam al-Hassan in Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut, on October 20, 2012. Lebanon was reeling the day after Hassan was killed in a bombing that was blamed on Syria and also raised fears the country is being sucked into the war ravaging its neighbour. The Mohammed al-Amin mosque is seen  in the background. AFP PHOTO /ANWAR AMRO        (Photo credit should read ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Beirut braced for demonstrations Sunday to coincide with the funeral for a critic of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Lebanese security chief Wissam al-Hassan died along with two others in a car bombing Friday that has been blamed on Assad’s regime. Fears in Lebanon have spread that the violence that has plagued Syria for 18 months could spill over into the neighboring country, and police presence was high in Beirut on Sunday as officials prepared for al-Hassan’s funeral.

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