At least six people were killed today (Thursday) and dozens more were injured in Beirut, during a violent demonstration by supporters of the terrorist organization Hezbollah. The protesters protested against the judge who heads the commission of inquiry into the explosion at the port of Beirut last year, an explosion in which more than 200 people were killed, and following the decision to continue investigating the circumstances of the explosion that led to the heavy disaster.
(Live broadcast by Al-Jadid News)
According to reports coming from Lebanon, one of the suspects, the sniper who shot at the protesters – was arrested. At the same time, two explosions were heard in Beirut near the center of the riots. Hezbollah and Amal claimed that their men were shot in the head. The organizations called for restraint and the army called for the arrest of the shooters. In the al-Jadid channel, people were seen taking shelter in the background of gunfire. Hezbollah has sent dozens of armed supporters to the city for reinforcements.
The shooting took place on the border between a Shiite neighborhood and a Christian neighborhood, the front line area of the Lebanese civil war that broke out in 1975. The Lebanese army, which was deployed in the area following the riots, said the protesters were shot as they advanced toward the court in the a-Tuna area in the capital. “Our forces have cordoned off the area and are conducting searches for the shooters. Our units are shooting at anyone armed on the roads and at anyone who is shooting.”