Lebanese army elements in the streets of Beirut after shooting at protesters demanding the dismissal of the investigating judge in the Beirut port explosion.
The Lebanese army announced the killing of a number of people as a result of violence in Beirut today, Thursday, noting that its forces had arrested 9 individuals due to the unrest, including a Syrian citizen.
The army said in a statement: “While a number of protesters headed to the Adliya area for a sit-in, there was a dispute and an exchange of fire took place in the Tayouneh-Badaro area, which led to the killing of a number of citizens and wounding others.”
And he continued: “Immediately, the army reinforced its deployment in the area, conducting foot and vehicle patrols, and raided a number of places in search of the shooters, and arrested nine people from both sides, including a Syrian. Investigations began with the detainees under the supervision of the competent judiciary.”
And he added: “The army command has made contacts with the concerned parties on both sides to contain the situation and prevent a slide towards sedition, and the leadership reiterates its zero tolerance with any armed, while the army units continue to deploy in the area to prevent a renewal.”
At least 6 people were killed during armed unrest in the Tayouneh area of the capital, which the authorities described as an attack on demonstrators who were heading to participate in a protest called by “Hezbollah” and the “Amal” movement to demand the dismissal of the investigating judge in the Beirut port explosion.