Heftige Schießerei in Beirut: Mehrere Tote und Verletzte bei Protesten vor Justizpalast

14 Oct. 2021 15:27

Protests in the Lebanese capital Beirut left several dead and injured. According to eyewitnesses, strangers shot at the demonstrators from a building near the Palace of Justice on Thursday.

Several people have been killed and injured near a planned protest rally in Beirut. The Shiite Amal movement and Hezbollah called for the protests in front of the Palace of Justice to protest against Judge Tarek Bitar, who is leading the investigation into the massive explosion in the port of Beirut in August 2020.

At least three people were killed and twelve others injured in gunfire on Thursday, local media reported, citing army sources. In response to the shooting, the Lebanese army stepped up its operations in the Tayouneh area in order to bring the tense situation under control, reports Al Mayadeen. The army is now in the process of sealing off the district.

Gunshots allegedly aimed at demonstrators could be heard in the Tayouneh neighborhood. A Al Mayadeen-Correspondent reported that the army had arrested a sniper who was aiming at the demonstrators from one of the surrounding buildings. The director of the Al MayadeenOffices in Beirut said at least four gunmen shot people from the roof of a building in Tayouneh. The shots were initially fired from a neighborhood predominantly inhabited by Christians, reports Reuters.

Prime Minister Najib Miqati called for calm and the army urged civilians to leave the area around the incident. She warned she would shoot anyone who opened fire. In a statement shouted loudly Aljazeera Hezbollah and the Amal movement urge supporters to remain calm and “not allow themselves to be drawn into malicious discord”.

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