The death toll has now risen to six and the number of wounded to more than thirty.
In a televised speech, the Lebanese Minister of the Interior, Bassam Maulaui, explained that on the morning of this Thursday (10/14/2021) several people were shot “in the head” during an attack by snipers stationed on rooftops in the Tayoune area of the capital, and confirmed the launch of rocket-propelled grenades in the same area. .
The Lebanese Red Cross has reported that at least six people died in the area and more than 30 were injured, where, after the sniper attack, heavy armed clashes have broken out, without the affiliation of the women being clear at the moment. people involved in them.
The Shiite formations Amal and Hezbollah had already denounced a shootout against their supporters when they were on their way to take part in a protest in front of the Palace of Justice, not far from Tayoune, to demand the dismissal of the judge in charge of the explosion that occurred in August. 2020 in Beirut.
The Shiite parties had called the demonstration to call for the dismissal of Magistrate Tarek Bitar, who is investigating the explosion that more than a year ago caused more than 200 deaths and 6,500 injured in the Lebanese capital and in which several former Amal officials are suspected of negligence.
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Around the same time as the Tayoune shooting, a court dismissed a lawsuit filed this week against Bitar by two legislators and former ministers of this party, who have been accused of obstructing the investigation to buy time until they regain their parliamentary immunity in the coming days. .
Bitar’s predecessor was fired earlier this year following a lawsuit by former senior officials suspected in the case.