Lebanon's interior Minister, Salah Salman, has announced the formation of joint committees in the Shouf district to try and defuse tensions.
GVs: mountainous Shouf region in Lebanon. (3 shots)
GV PULL BACK: Government House in Beit Iddine (2 shots)
SV: Interior Minister Salah Salman (on left) walking to conference room with Druze Leader Baig Takw Dine (Grey hair) as Guards look on. (2 shots)
SV: Interior Minister Salman answering reporter's questions during press conference.
REPORTER: "The fighting this weekend was serious enough to (indistinct) and cause another major upsurge of activities. Do you see the conflict as that serious."
SALMAN: "In Lebanon now everything's possible, but, with the co-operation of all the parties concerned and involved, I don't think we have to worry about the (indistinct). So far the situation has become much better and I believe it is joint to go from better to best."
REPORTER: "Have those responsible been apprehended."
"Many of them have been apprehended and the internal security forces and the Arab security force are still working together to apprehend the remainder, the remaining accused."
"Do you believe you have the co-operation of those leaders of the various sects (indistinct).
"So fr I have no reason to believe otherwise."
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Background: Lebanon's interior Minister, Salah Salman, has announced the formation of joint committees in the Shouf district to try and defuse tensions. The move was announced on Tuesday (23 August) after rival factions clashed in the area over the weekend and 15 people were either killed or wounded.
SYNOPSIS: To date about 30 Moslems and Christians have been detained by peacekeeping forces and a large number of weapons seized. The village involved had been sealed off after the clash which has been described as the worst since Lebanon's civil war ended.
Mr Salman met local representatives in the area on Tuesday. As well as organising the committees, the meeting agreed to improve security in Shouf villages. Afterwards, Mr Salman spoke about the fighting.
Reports on the incident vary, but it's thought Christians attending a funeral starting firing in the air - a traditional sign of mourning. The Druze villages were apparently provoked and fighting ensued.