"The situation started to be bad years ago and not just now."
21. Wide of seafront Bayview hotel
22. Wide of Bayview sign
23. Wide of Radisson hotel
24. Flags outside Radisson hotel
25. Wide of Radisson sign
26. Set-up shot of Economic Consultant Louis Hobeika
27. Close-up of Hobeika writing
28. SOUNDBITE: (English) Louis Hobeika, Economic Consultant:
"The port is still closed, the airport is closed, the main road from here to Syria is closed and therefore we could expect lots of shortages of fuel, mazout (light fuel oil), gasoline and even food. Therefore it is going to be tougher and tougher on the economic and social issues. In the medium and long run of course it will be less investment, already we are suffering from the lack of investment, especially new investment and therefore we will suffer from the lack of growth, from more poverty, from more emigration. Already now we cannot expect any good season regarding tourism."
29. Various of buildings under construction where work has been interrupted
Business was suffering in Beirut on Saturday with the seaport, the airport and many businesses remained closed as the country was facing the worst sectarian clashes since the civil war ended in 1990.
However, speaking to AP Television, Hussein Farid, a shop owner in Beirut, said "the situation started to be bad years ago and not just now."
Economic Consultant Louis Hobeika expressed concern for worsening economic and social conditions and predicted tougher times in the medium and long term.
"The port is still closed, the airport is closed, the main road from here to Syria is closed and therefore we could expect lots of shortages of fuel, mazout (light fuel oil), gasoline and even food. Therefore it is going to be tougher and tougher on the economic and social issues," he told AP Television on Saturday.
"In the medium and long run of course there will be less investment, already we are suffering from lack of investment, especially new investment and therefore we will suffer from lack of growth, from more poverty, from more emigration," he added.
Hobeika predicted the tourism season would also be affected.
"We cannot expect any good season regarding tourism," he said.
On Saturday, the Lebanese army command ordered its troops to establish security, calling on all parties to withdraw their gunmen and reopen roads while offering the opposition Hezbollah a compromise.
Hezbollah TV responded, announcing that Hezbollah-led opposition forces were to withdraw all their gunmen from Beirut in compliance with army request.
An opposition statement on Saturday said the moves came after the army statement.
But the statement said a "civil disobedience" campaign would continue until its demands were met.
The army statement said the issue of Hezbollah's controversial communications network would be handled by the army's Signal Corps and the airport security chief, whose sacking precipitated the latest crisis, will be reinstated.
The measures are seen as conciliatory to Hezbollah and meet some of their demands.
The chief's removal and the government's decision to declare the communications network illegal sparked the clashes.
The army statement came after Prime Minister Fuad Saniora called on the army on Saturday to restore law and order across Lebanon and remove gunmen from the streets, accusing Hezbollah of staging an armed coup.
Saniora's first comment since fighting erupted on Wednesday came as conditions appeared to be mostly calm in Beirut's Muslim sector a day after Shiite gunmen swept through the area.
Meanwhile Lebanese security and hospital officials say that at least 12 gunmen are dead and 20 wounded in a gunbattle between pro- and anti-government groups in a remote region of northern Lebanon.
Saturday's gunbattle occurred in the town of Halba in Akkar, a remote Sunni region in northernmost Lebanon when fighters loyal to Sunni leader Saad Hariri and the government clashed with members of the Syrian Social
Nationalist Party, a secular pro-Syrian group allied with the Shiite Hezbollah.
The pro-government fighters stormed the office of the SSNP and set it ablaze after the gunbattle.
The number raises to 37 the death toll since Shiite-Sunni sectarian erupted in Beirut on Wednesday and spread to other regions