In case you’ve seen reporting about the fighting in Beirut over the past few days (eg this reuters report), just wanted to reassure you that we’re all fine.
Fighting has been concentrated in the Sunni suburbs of west Beirut, several kilometres away from where we live, and has mostly died down now. So far it all seems pretty exclusively Sunni vs Shia, explaining why our neighbourhood, which is Christian, has been spared.
In fact it is quite surreal being in Achrafieh through all this. I ducked out to get a few supplies yesterday and the shops were open, people were going about their business, walking dogs etc. Yet there was the constant staccato chatter of machine gun fire and thundering booms of RPG detonations echoing across the city. Madness!