Nightly News   |  May 26, 2013

Syrian civil war may be spilling into Lebanon

There are new fears on Sunday that the conflict in Syria could be spilling over into Lebanon after two rockets exploded in Beirut. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> overseas now to the conflict in syria. there are new fears tonight that the civil war raging there may be spilling over into lebanon complicating the push for peace. nbc's richard engel has this report tonight from istanbul.

>> reporter: good evening, lester. beirut is feeling the strain and now the bite of the syrian war across the border. two rockets exploded today in the lebanese capital. in neighborhoods controlled by the militant group hezbollah . one rocket hit a residential building. the other a car dealership. there were several injuries. the attack appears to have been a response to a speech yesterday by hezbollah leader when he publicly committed his group. there is now a sectarian fight that straddles both side of the syrian- lebanese border . hezbollah is a shiite group that backs bashar al assad shiite's regime. syrian rebels on the other hand are soouunnis. today's rocket attack in beirut was the work of soouns. it is a very dark sign of what to come. lebanon suffered through 15 years of civil war , mostly in the 1980s and has never really recovered. beirut is a popular tourist destination but tensions between sunni, shiites and christians are just below the surface. and now, because of syria, they're boiling over again. lester?

>> richard engel in turkey, thanks.