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Press accuses as Gemayel buried
A mourner lights a candle at the site where Pierre Gemayel was assassinated
Gemayel was the fifth anti-Syrian politician to be killed in two years

As Lebanon buries leading anti-Syrian politician Pierre Gemayel, the region's press considers who stands to gain from his killing.

Several papers suggest that it is foreign powers that benefit from upheaval in Lebanon and the region, with some pointing the finger at Israel.

With an eye to the future, they see little hope of an improvement in the situation, with one paper predicting a "new bloody stage" in Lebanon's history.

PAN-ARAB AL-QUDS AL-ARABI

Those who planned and carried out this assassination were targeting Syria as much as they were targeting Lebanon. Indeed, they were also targeting the entire Arab region. Syria is the one that is most harmed by this repugnant crime. The destruction of Lebanon is in the interests of Israel, which would like to see the Lebanese resistance busy with internal wars and Syria exhausted.

COMMENTARY IN SYRIA'S AL-BA'TH

The new Middle East is a US-Israeli project, the product of US aggression and the Israeli war on Lebanon. Political assassinations are near at hand and criminal practices and killings pave the way for sedition. This sedition leads to chaos and it is chaos which allows the realisation of the project.

EGYPT'S AL-JUMHURIYAH

The wave of mysterious crimes sweeping Lebanon since the assassination of its former prime minister is clearly aimed at immersing the country, or indeed the entire region, in a crisis that will allow foreign powers to interfere - especially given that they have already been acting in the Lebanese arena.

IRAN'S JOMHURI-YE ESLAMI

The political tension in Lebanon entered a new phase following the assassination of the industry minister. Undoubtedly this assassination was planned and carried out by the Zionist regime because the Zionists stand to gain the most from it.

COMMENTARY IN QATAR'S AL-WATAN

Some sides were quick to accuse Syria after the killing of Pierre Gemayel, but the recent assassination should be put in its proper context. As soon as the crime took place, nearly all sides condemned it. Nonetheless, Syria and the US Administration are the first in line of those accused of committing the crime.

COMMENTARY IN LEBANON'S AL-MUSTAQBAL

It was normal for Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah to resort to escalation and move the battle to the Lebanese internal front in the light of failure to keep the southern front open to satisfy the Syrian and Iranian regimes... What kind of future awaits Lebanon in the presence of parties like Hezbollah and its allies that promise the Lebanese a greater Tehran if it captures power and a lesser Baghdad if it fails in this?

COMMENTARY IN LEBANON'S AL-SAFIR

It looks as if the assassination of Pierre Gemayel marks the start of a premeditated series of crimes. It also appears that a new bloody stage has started in Lebanon's modern history.

PAN-ARAB AL-ARAB AL-ALAMIYAH

It appears that Lebanon is pre-ordained to stay a nation of blood and tears. The assassination of the youthful minister Pierre Gemayel, at a very sensitive political juncture, has extinguished the glimmer of hope the Lebanese people had.

PALESTINIAN AL-QUDS

The criminal assassination of Pierre Gemayel has shaken the Palestinians who feel pity for Lebanon, for the repercussions his assassination will have.

COMMENTARY IN TURKEY'S MILLIYET

The biggest danger is that the various groups in society - which is gradually becoming more militant - will be dragged into civil war. From the very start, Lebanon has been an area of conflict where internal and external forces are all around. The murder of Pierre Gemayel makes this Gordian knot impossible to untie.

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