Beirut clashes..The Lebanese army stops 9, including a Syrian

The Lebanese army arrested 9 people, including a Syrian, after clashes in the Tayouneh – Badaro area in the capital, Beirut, today, Thursday.

In a statement, the army said that its forces had reinforced their deployment in the area and conducted patrols, stressing that investigations had begun with the detainees under the supervision of the competent judiciary.

He also added that “the army command made contacts with the concerned parties on both sides to contain the situation and prevent a slide towards sedition.”

The army command also reiterated that it will not tolerate any militant, while its units continue to deploy in the area to prevent renewed clashes.

Deployment of the Lebanese army in Beirut (Reuters)

Deployment of the Lebanese army in Beirut (Reuters)

Aoun pledges accountability

For his part, President Michel Aoun said that the violence in Beirut was “unacceptable”, pledging to hold those responsible and instigators accountable.

Aoun said in a televised speech earlier today: “We will not allow anyone to take Lebanon hostage for their own interests, and we will not allow what happened today to be repeated under any circumstances.”

He also added that the clashes that took place will be the subject of security and judicial follow-up.

A gunman fires a shell from a tension site today in Beirut (AFP)

A gunman fires a shell from a tension site today in Beirut (AFP)

Reminds me of the civil war

For his part, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the violence in Beirut today brought back memories of the civil war.

Earlier today, Hariri called on the army and police to take the utmost measures and measures to prevent all forms of shooting, arrest gunmen, and protect civilians.

From the site of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

From the site of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

Clashes, displacement and deaths

It is noteworthy that Beirut experienced, on Thursday, the impact of violence that brought to mind the specter of sectarian fighting, especially after clashes erupted between the Chiyah and Ain al-Rummaneh areas, which previously formed a line of contact during the civil war (1975-1990).

The Tayouneh area, near the Palace of Justice in Beirut, recorded a massive displacement of residents, according to the official news agency, after 6 people were killed and more than 30 wounded, according to an initial toll announced by the Ministry of Health.

Arms review

Simultaneously, the army deployed heavily in the area in an attempt to cordon off the violence that erupted since the noon hours, after supporters of the Amal movement and Hezbollah carried out a protest in front of the Palace of Justice against the judicial investigator in the Beirut port explosion case, Judge Tariq Bitar. However, things quickly deteriorated later and turned into shooting. bullets and shells.

Armed men from the two parties paraded their heavy weapons in the outskirts of Beirut, while snipers were deployed on the roofs of houses.

From the site of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

From the site of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

Accusations between Hezbollah and the “Forces”

While Hezbollah and the Amal Movement accused “groups of the Lebanese Forces Party” of shooting and live bullets in the heads of the protesters from their supporters, the Forces Party considered that its accusation was totally rejected, and aims to divert attention from the “Hezbollah” invasion of this region and other areas in earlier times.

The Forces Party also stressed that the clashes that took place today are merely confronting justice with the same revolutionary logic, and the use of weapons, intimidation, violence, and force to bring down the investigation path into the Beirut port explosion.

From the site of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

From the site of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

It is noteworthy that Judge Tariq Bitar was subjected in recent days to a campaign of pressure led by Hezbollah to object to his summoning of former ministers and security personnel for questioning as part of the investigations he is conducting, which included calls for his removal.

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