Gunfire at Beirut protest kills 6
Death toll increase further
Published: 06:26 PM, 14 October 2021 Updated: 06:27 PM, 14 October 2021
Demonstrators throw stones during a protest as they try to break through a barrier to get to the Lebanon’s parliament building on August 8, 2020; Photo: Reuters/File Photo
At least six people were killed and 30 more people were wounded in gunfire in Beirut, Lebanon.
According to the Lebanese Red Cross, the gunfire took place at a rally organized by the Hezbollah and Amal movements to demand the suspension of the lead investigator - who is currently in charge of the investigations into last year’s port explosion.
The identities of the shooters were not “immediately clear”, reports Al Jazeera.
Citing the Lebanese armed forces, Al Jazeera also reports that the army rushed to cordon off the area and deploy in its neighborhoods and their entrance. “Patrols started as did the search for the shooters to detain them,” the country’s armed forces said in a statement.
Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for the restoration of calm and warned against attempts to drag Lebanon into violence.
Noted that hundreds of protesters gathered at the Beirut Palace of Justice on Thursday, calling for the withdrawal of Judge Tarek Bitar and accusing him of “political bias”.
The gunfire shots were heard from the nearby Tayyoune neighborhood, resulting in the scatter of the angry protesters. Clashes have continued for hours. – Al Jazeera.