Lebanese Iran-backed Hezbollah group and Amal Movement said armed groups had fired at protesters from rooftops in Beirut on Thursday, aiming at their heads in an attack they said aimed to drag the country to strife.
In a statement, the parties called on the army to intervene quickly to detain the perpetrators and called on their supporters to remain calm.
A Lebanese army source told Reuters that at least two people were killed and seven were wounded in the shooting.
Watch: Armed men are seen in the streets of #Beirut firing weapons after clashes erupted during Hezbollah-organized protests. At least two people were killed while dozens were wounded. https://t.co/VWX3Qdrlku pic.twitter.com/DJvqPgS5ic— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) October 14, 2021
Four killed in Beirut clashes
At least four people were killed in Beirut on Thursday when heavy gunfire targeted supporters of the Lebanese Iran-backed group Hezbollah, as they headed to a protest demanding the removal of the judge investigating last year’s explosion at the city’s port.
Watch: At least one person has been killed and five wounded as gunfire erupted near a protest staged by Lebanese #Hezbollah and Amal Movement supporters against the #Beirut Port blast judge. #Lebanon https://t.co/VWX3Qdrlku pic.twitter.com/D9VFWE2SC6— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) October 14, 2021
The shooting on a frontline of the 1975-90 civil war marks some of Lebanon’s worst civil strife in years and highlights a deepening political crisis over the probe into the catastrophic August 4, 2020 blast.
The Lebanese army said in a statement the gunfire had targeted protesters as they passed through a traffic circle located in an area dividing Christian and Shia Muslim neighborhoods.