Beirut – Tension hangs over Beirut a day after bloody clashes in which seven people were killed, most of them supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement, and a woman was shot in the head inside her home.
The situation seems like fire under the ashes after Hezbollah announced that it is proceeding with the process of isolating the investigative judge in the explosion of the port of Beirut, Tariq Bitar, by all means, in reference to the return to the street and the pressure of arms, which is pushing Lebanon again to a bleak fate and the harbinger of civil war, while the government that took over is suffering Its tasks were shortly before, after two years of political blockage, to ease the financial and economic crisis.
Hezbollah’s threats, which have not subsided since Bitar took charge of the Beirut port explosion file and summoned officials affiliated with or close to the Shiite duo (Hezbollah and Amal) for investigation, warn that Lebanon will plunge into a cycle of violence and a new political stalemate that may rock Najib Mikati’s government.
But the Shiite group said it would not be drawn into a civil war even as accusations leveled against the Christian Lebanese Forces party, which it says killed seven Shiites in the deadliest violence in Beirut in years.
The accusation, denied by the Lebanese Forces party, confirms the exacerbation of sectarian tension after Thursday’s violence, which began after protesters began gathering at a call from Hezbollah to demand the dismissal of Judge Tariq Bitar, who is investigating the Beirut port explosion last year.
The Shiite duo in Lebanon today, Friday, mourned seven dead, most of whom were members, who fell during violent clashes that reminded of the years of the civil war and came on the impact of political tension related to the investigation process in the Beirut port explosion.
Beirut witnessed Thursday one of the fiercest security confrontations in years, in a dangerous escalation that threatens to plunge the country into a new crisis, just over a month after the formation of a government that is supposed to focus its work on developing a plan to get the country out of the cycle of economic collapse that has controlled it for more than two years.
The clashes, the circumstances of which are not yet clear, resulted in the killing of seven people, including three members of Hezbollah, one of whom died Friday of his injury, and three members of the Amal movement, in addition to a woman who was shot in the head while she was in her home. And 32 other people were injured.
Since Thursday evening, a cautious calm has prevailed over the area of clashes, amid a heavy deployment of the Lebanese army, which has set up checkpoints for cars and transiting vehicles. Residents were busy inspecting the damage to their property, while others worked to remove the scattered glass in the street.
In the southern suburbs of Beirut, hundreds of members of Hezbollah, the most prominent military and political force in the country, in addition to women, attended the funeral. He drew the bodies with a yellow Hezbollah flag, and members of the party in military uniform surrounded them.
The Amal Movement spread three of its members in different regions. In the village of Nimeiriya in the south, mourners fired in the air, while women scattered flowers over the body of a 26-year-old man.
And on Thursday, Al-Tayouneh roundabout, a few dozen meters from the Palace of Justice, where the office of the judicial investigator Tariq Bitar, who is in charge of investigating the port explosion, turned into a battlefield that witnessed heavy shooting and heavy shelling and the spread of snipers on the roofs of buildings, despite the presence of army units and their implementation of rapid deployment in the area where It is one of the former front lines during the Civil War (1975-1990).