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Beirut on a hot tin… a massive displacement of people after bloody hours

Today, Thursday, the Lebanese capital lived on the impact of violence that brought to mind the specter of civil war and sectarian fighting, especially after clashes erupted between the areas of Chiyah and Ain al-Remmaneh, which previously formed a line of contact.

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

The spark of clashes

Simultaneously, the army deployed heavily in the area in an attempt to contain 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 investigator in the Beirut port case, Judge Tariq Bitar. However, things quickly deteriorated later and turned into shooting, bullets and shells.

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

A campaign of incitement

These developments came after a campaign of criticism and incitement launched by Hezbollah and the local media revolving in its orbit against Judge Bitar, accused

On the other hand, international calls for restraint and the preservation of judicial independence came from the European Union, the Arab League, the United States, France, Egypt and others.) Beirut on a hot tin… a massive displacement of people after bloody hours Beirut on a hot tin… a massive displacement of people after bloody hours Elements of Hezbollah and Amal Movement in Tayouneh during the Beirut clashes – October 14, 2021 – AFP

In the same context, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of maintaining peace, calling for calm and an investigation into what happened Aoun is with the security forces.

While opposition politicians accused Hezbollah of inciting unrest today, after it incited for days against Bitar, undermining the independence of the judiciary.

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