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The 2006 crisis is not the first time in recent history that Lebanon has been mired in violence.

Between 1975 and the early 1990s a civil war killed up to 100,000 people and left much of the country and its economy in ruins.

Regional powers were drawn in, with the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Syria and Israel all involved.

In 2000, Israel pulled back its troops from the self-declared "security zone" in southern Lebanon.

Syria withdrew its forces in 2005, after it was accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Images of Lebanon's civil war

A bloody civil war was fought in Lebanon from 1975 until the early 1990s

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