witness Lebanese capital Today, Thursday, there was unprecedented tension due to the impact of the implementation of protests by supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal movement in front of the Palace of Justice and the district of Tayouneh against the judicial investigator in the port explosion file, Judge Tariq. Bitar.
At least two explosions were heard after violence and clashes erupted near the protest site in the Adliya region, while the Red Cross reported that at least 5 people were killed and more than 30 injured.
shells and bullets
An exchange of gunfire also took place in the Tayouneh area, and an RPG was dropped, while buzzing bullets were heard in a rapidly deteriorating situation and high tension.
Dozens of snipers were deployed on the roofs of buildings, with tension moving towards the area of Ain al-Rummaneh near the site, often known for the presence of Christian parties there.
Simultaneously, the Minister of the Interior held an extraordinary meeting of the Central Council of Internal Security to monitor the security situation.
In turn, Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for calm after the serious violence which took place at a sensitive time for the country, and in a sensitive area as well.
He also stressed the need to hold accountable and prosecute any shooter.
The army threatens the militants
Meanwhile, the army has deployed massively in the Tayouneh region to contain the violence, asking civilians to evacuate all streets.
The army has also confirmed that it will shoot any gunman on the roads.
Hezbollah militants mobilize
In contrast, armed members of Hezbollah and Amal have been deployed to surrounding areas (the outskirts of Beirut), according to the Al-Arabiya correspondent reported.
Both sides later said in a joint statement that bullets were fired at the protesters, including in the head. They also called on their supporters to exercise restraint in order to avoid sedition.
It should be noted that this violence and clashes came today after supporters of the two allied parties (Amal and Hezbollah) gathered in front of the Beirut courthouse to protest against Judge Bitar, demanding that he stop his judgment. hand. port explosion.
In recent days, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has sharply criticized the judge, accusing him of not being impartial, after summoning ministers and officials into the party’s orbit.