Beirut (AP) – A militant group protest in Beirut killed at least three people and wounded several others on Thursday. Hezbollah According to the National News Agency, his allies against the lead judge investigating last year’s major bombing in the city’s port.
The exchange of fire, which included snipers, pistols, Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenades, was a dangerous addition to domestic investigations.
Bullets echoed through the capital, and ambulances rushed to the scene, sirens sounding. Snipers were shot from buildings. In the area, bullets entered the windows of the apartment. A security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said four projectiles had fallen near a private French school, the Ferraris of Fern الn El Chibak, and that he was not authorized to speak to the press.
In scenes reminiscent of the 1975-90 civil war, students entered main corridors with open windows to avoid major repercussions.
It was not immediately clear what caused the shootings, but tensions between Muslim Shia and Christian areas were high during the previous civil war.
Right-wing Christian Lebanese forces mobilized supporters after Wednesday evening. Hezbollah And its allies called for a protest at the Justice Palace in the Christian area. Videos circulating on social media show supporters of Christian Lebanese forces marching in the streets carrying large crosses.
An Associated Press reporter saw a man firing a pistol during the protest, as gunmen opened fire on protesters from the balcony of a building. At least two people were injured and bleeding. After an exchange of fire between the Muslim and Christian factions in the capital, the army deployed large numbers and sent patrols in the area to search for the gunmen.
In a statement, Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for calm and urged people not to “drag civilians into fighting.”
Hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate, which was improperly stored in a port warehouse on August 4, 2020, killed at least 215 people, injured thousands and destroyed parts of nearby neighborhoods. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and has further devastated a country already plagued by political divisions and unprecedented economic and financial catastrophe.
بٹار۔, The second judge to lead a complex investigation, has come out against strong opposition from Lebanese powers. Hezbollah The group and its allies allege. It Taking politicians out for questioning is an alliance with most of them. Hezbollah.
Any of HezbollahThe 14-month-old investigation has so far charged officials.
Firing continued even after the deployment of army troops in the area on Thursday, with the sound of an exchange of fire on their heads. Residents and citizens of the area were fleeing to avoid firing, some shouting: “Some martyrs on the ground!” People dragged a man who had apparently been shot down. Others pulled out another body.
The army then opened fire on the crowd. The roads quickly became deserted, only the sound of gunfire. Shops closed.
Armed conflict could derail Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s month-old government before it can deal with Lebanon’s unprecedented economic crisis.
The cabinet meeting was canceled after Wednesday. Hezbollah Demand for immediate government action against the judge. HezbollahThe minister said that if he and other members of the cabinet would walk out. بٹار۔ Has not been removed.