In the last few minutes a car bomb has exploded in Beirut. Witnesses say it destroyed the first floor of an apartment block and blew a crater in the road.
It is the first violence since the killing of former PM Rafiq Hariri a month ago.
Prepare for accusations that Syria is stirring trouble before it leaves, and Syrian counter claims that it needs a presence to keep the peace it has maintained in Lebanon for 15 years.
In recent years Israel has tacitly acknowledged responsibility for a number of car bomb attacks in Beirut and Damascus.
As one analyst sighed: “the war has started”.