CCTV caught the Lebanese army firing at protesters in recent shootings during a protest in Beirut.
At least six people died and another 32 were injured on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Beirut in an intense shooting shortly before the start of a demonstration called by the Shiite organization Hezbollah to demand the dismissal of the judge investigating the August 2020 explosion. in the port of the capital, as reported by the Lebanese Red Cross and the country’s Armed Forces. This is one of the most violent clashes in the city in recent years.
The first shots were fired in the Tayouneh area, in the southern suburbs of Beirut. The protesters were surprised by the shots as they headed towards the Adaleya area, according to the army. This neighborhood, with a Christian majority, houses the Palace of Justice in front of which the protest was scheduled to take place. The country’s Interior Minister, Bassam Mawlawi, has assured that the first person hit was shot in the head, and the Ministry of Public Health, that two of the wounded are in critical condition.
The army quickly cordoned off the area, asked civilians to evacuate the streets and began the search for the shooters, it explained in a statement. He also warned that his units would open fire on any armed person. In mid-afternoon, he announced the arrest of nine people, without offering details.
In images and videos disseminated on social networks, pistols, assault rifles and grenade launchers were observed, as well as people seeking refuge or the arrival of ambulances amid the sound of gunfire.
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