Lebanon minister quits after Danish mission torched

BEIRUT, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Lebanon’s interior minister resigned on Sunday after thousands of angry Muslim protesters torched the Danish consulate in Beirut and damaged property in a Christian area in riots over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

The protesters, waving green Islamic flags and chanting “God is greatest”, fuelled sectarian tension when they stoned a church, provoking an angry Christian outcry in a country that has not fully recovered from its 1975-1990 civil war. Interior Minister Hassan al-Sabaa, a Sunni Muslim retired officer loyal to the country’s anti-Syrian majority coalition, submitted his resignation at an emergency cabinet meeting.

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