The latest brand on the streets of Lebanon is the Kalashnikov

A Lebanese soldier stands in front of graffiti that reads 'Our pride is to make the government resign and uphold the rights of the martyrs' Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

There is an uneasy truce on the streets of Lebanon where sectarian violence has spread over the border from neighbouring Syria.

Last week, the assassination of a senior security official sparked angry protests and clashes with security forces on the streets of the capital Beirut.

As in Syria, Lebanese society comprises a mixture Alawites - who are intensely loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad - and Sunnis.

ITV News' International Correspondent John Irvine reports from Beirut on a fragile peace: