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Beirut offices of Asharq al-Awsat daily attacked

The protesters claimed they were doing so in response to a critical cartoon

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The Beirut offices of Saudi-owned pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat were attacked by protestors on Friday evening.

The protesters claimed they were doing so in response to a critical cartoon which appeared in Friday's newspaper. The cartoon shows an image of the Lebanese flag with a caption that says: "The Lebanese state... April fools"

Earlier today, the Dubai-based Al Arabiya News Channel announced it was closing its Beirut office, citing security reasons.