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Weapons Spikes and the Proximity To War

Via Beirut's Ya Libnan, there is currently a spike in weapon sales in Lebanon.

The increase in the price of firearms has also become an added concern for the people who are now buying AK-47 firearms for $600 to $1,000 compared to a year ago which ranged from $75 to $100.

Ghassan Qarhani, a former fighter [from predominantly Sunni Tripoli] familiar with the arms market says outdated arms such as rocket-propelled grenade launchers, once considered the "garbage of weapons," are gaining value. Today, RPG launchers cost $500, up from $50, he says.

And as a ThreatsWatch reader noted via e-mail, "...and it has been said that the proximity to war is measurable by the price of a weapon."