Hezbollah and Amal call for calm after gunfire in Beirut

Published on : 14/10/2021 – 12:18

At least three people were killed and twenty others injured Thursday during shooting during a demonstration organized in Beirut by the Shiite movements Hezbollah and Amal to demand the dismissal of the judge in charge of the investigation into the explosion at the port of the Lebanese capital, according to medical sources. Find the latest developments of the day (Paris time).

Follow live, hour by hour, the evolution of the situation in Lebanon.

  • 11:42 a.m .: Hezbollah and Shiite Amal movement call for calm

According to Hezbollah and Amal, the shooting at the demonstrators was the work of armed men located on rooftops and aimed at the heads of the protesters. The two movements call on the army to intervene quickly to arrest the perpetrators of these acts.

  • 11:09 a.m .: Prime Minister Najib Mikati in contact with President Aoun

In a statement, the head of government said he was following events closely with the army chief of staff to consider measures to be taken to control the situation.

  • 10:00 am: gunshots heard near the Beirut courthouse

The shootings erupted shortly after the Lebanese judiciary dismissed a new complaint against magistrate Tarek Bitar, filed by two former government officials, one of whom, former Shiite finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil, is the target of an arrest warrant.

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With AP, Reuters and AFP

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