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Arab newspapers discussed the repercussions of the recent clashes that took place in Beirut, which killed at least seven people and injured dozens.
The shooting erupted during demonstrations organized by the Amal movement and the Hezbollah group in Tayouneh Square in protest against a ruling rejecting a complaint against the response of Judge Tariq Bitar, who is charged with investigating the explosion in the port of Beirut last year.
Hezbollah accused the “Lebanese Forces” faction, which has Christian roots, of shooting at the demonstrators.
Commentators expressed their fear of Lebanon’s drift towards civil war, while others accused Hezbollah and the Amal movement of igniting strife in the country.
Lebanon “on the palm of the imp”
The Emirati newspaper Al-Khaleej said in its editorial: “The Lebanese situation has turned into a very dangerous bloody complex, with a number of dead and wounded during violent clashes that broke out on the sidelines of a gathering organized by a number of Hezbollah and Amal supporters against the investigator in the Beirut port explosion case, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar.”
She added, “There is no doubt that this reckless slip will ease the political crisis erupting in the country, and may put Lebanon on the brink of a bad conflict after years of stagnation.”
The newspaper warned that “Lebanon is in great distress, and the problem that exists today is more serious than it thinks, and no one can predict its repercussions if it goes beyond the limits of control, especially as it came in the context of an issue that preoccupies public opinion, local and international, and is related to the investigation into the explosion of the port of Beirut, and in light of the It is expected that Al-Bitar is heading to accuse “Hezbollah” of the crime of bombing the port, which prompted the party and its ally, the “Amal Movement”, to threaten to undermine Najib Mikati’s government, which has not been in office for a month, if it does not expedite the dismissal of the port investigator.
Emirati Al-Khaleej considered that “the efforts to quell the ‘sedition of Tayouneh’ are a critical test for the government… Despite the difficult situation, the government can prove its position, defend the state’s honor and adhere to the path of justice in all open cases, including the explosion of the port.”
In the same context, the London-based Al-Arab newspaper described the recent developments in Lebanon as “a major explosion of the situation politically and militarily… that put the country’s fate on the palm of an imp” and led to a threat to civil peace after the party triggered armed confrontations with residents of Christian neighborhoods in the Lebanese capital.
Likewise, the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh, in its editorial, attacked Hezbollah, accusing it of “prohibited playing on sectarian chords and testing sectarian feelings and sensitivities,” adding that “this tireless work of Hezbollah in creating all conditions of tension and internal explosion, was bound to drag Lebanon into The strife and the climate of civil war is notorious.”
The newspaper added: “The unraveling of the Lebanese situation, which started yesterday, was a matter that was expected, unfortunately. Lebanon is diverse and plural. No group can be alone in ruling or monopolizing its decision, even if it employs surplus power and weapons outside the authority of the state, and a sovereign state cannot become a tool The will is robbed in favor of a foreign agenda that uses a component of Lebanon against the rest of the components and the country’s partners, and even against Lebanon’s interest and its relations.”
In the London-based Al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper, Mashari Al-Dhaidi criticized the Lebanese “Hezbollah” and its ally “Amal”, who “strike the peaceful Lebanese civil security to the core, and raise weapons, even heavy ones, in the streets of Beirut to threaten others.”
The writer considered that “what happened yesterday in Beirut goes beyond its apparent form represented by a protest from the Iranian party and its follower, ‘Amal’… It goes beyond it to a clear message that the ‘Hezbollah’ militias want to send to everyone: We rule Lebanon alone, whoever imagines otherwise or is deceived by some kindness.” We must remind him well and in a crude way who we are and what we are capable of.”
The writer warned that “this blatant behavior of ‘Hezbollah’ is what calls for civil war, and not what protects people from it.. Unfortunately, this is the truth.”
Silence of free speech defenders
On the other hand, the pro-Hezbollah Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar said: “The question was raised strongly yesterday, after the bloody massacre committed by the Lebanese forces against demonstrators who were protesting the management of the investigation file into the port bombing, especially since dealing with the horrific crime did not indicate a real level of responsibility.” In view of the silence of all defenders of freedom of expression in Lebanon and abroad, and the reluctance of most of them to condemn the murderer and hold the victim responsible because of his desire to express his opinion peacefully.
The newspaper added, “President Mikati, who close to him revealed that he had received external communications urging him not to respond to any step that harms the work of Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, expressed his fear that things would deteriorate. He appears to be thinking of a preemptive step in the form of a justified resignation that he does not want to interfere in the work The judiciary does not want to take responsibility for the confrontations that turned into military actions in which blood was spilled.”
And the Lebanese news continued: “But the essence of Mikati’s step means his escaping from bearing responsibility at a crucial moment… What happened was akin to a rehearsal for a civil war and lawlessness.”
In the Lebanese newspaper, Al-Liwaa, Carol Salloum said: “The question today may no longer be based on the situation of the government and how to arrange its return to its rescue path after the case of the judicial investigator, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, but about the repercussions of what happened on the street and whether the country is facing a dangerous scenario ahead or What happened yesterday was buried in its place, even if it left its traces.”