Lebanon protest ends in one dead and eight wounded

Lebanese soldiers in the Tayouneh area of ​​the country’s capital, Beirut, on October 14, 2021 – AFP

One person died, and eight others were injured on Thursday (14) during shootings at a demonstration by the Shiite movements Hezbollah and Amal in Beirut – a doctor told AFP.

The victim was shot in the head, and three of the wounded are in critical condition, said Dr. Mariam Hassan, from Sahel hospital on the outskirts of Beirut.

The demonstration demanded the removal of the judge in charge of investigating the explosion in the city’s port, which took place on August 4, 2020. The tragedy caused the death of at least 214 people and injured more than 6,000, in addition to destroying several buildings in the Lebanese capital.

Hezbollah and its allies believe the judge is politicizing the investigation.

On Tuesday (12), judge Tareq Bitar issued an arrest warrant for deputy and former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil, a member of Amal and an ally of Hezbollah.

As a result, he was forced to suspend the investigation. Two former ministers filed a complaint against the magistrate, which was dismissed on Thursday. With that, he will resume his work.

This issue is about to implode the newly formed Lebanese government after a year of political blockade.

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