A massive displacement of people in the area of ​​the Beirut clashes, and Mikati calls not to be drawn into sedition

Lebanese media reported today, Thursday, that many streets in and around the area of ​​clashes in Beirut are witnessing a massive exodus of residents for fear of an escalation of tension again, while Hezbollah and Amal Movement on one side and the Lebanese Forces Party on the other. On the other hand, responsibility for the outbreak of confrontations that left dead and wounded.

She said that this comes amid material losses in homes, shops and cars, many of which were destroyed as a result of the clashes in the areas of Furn Al Chebbak, Badaro, Ain Al-Remmaneh and Chiyah in Beirut.

Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that 6 people were killed and 33 others were wounded by gunfire near protesters demonstrating in Beirut against the investigating judge in the explosion of the Beirut port, Tariq Al-Bitar, while the army intensified its deployment in the region.

The reporter said that heavy gunfire and the explosion of a rocket-propelled grenade occurred in an area near the Palace of Justice in Beirut, indicating that clashes with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades continued between gunmen in the Chiyah-Ain al-Rummaneh area.

He added, quoting a security source, that the Lebanese army has closed roads and is still chasing gunmen in the streets of the Tayouneh-Chiyah area, and that army armored vehicles are entering neighborhoods in Chiyah and Ain al-Rummaneh, while the gunmen continue to fire bullets.

In his statements shortly after the incident, Lebanese Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said that "the demonstrators emphasized the peacefulness of their movement, and there are those who started shooting and the investigation will reveal them," adding, "We will ask the government to take everything necessary to control the security situation in the Chiyah and Ain al-Rummaneh areas."

Mawlawi stressed that the government he belongs to "is for rescue and work, and is not the one who is sabotaging the situation in the country."

Accusations

For their part, Hezbollah and the Amal movement said that gunmen affiliated with the Lebanese Forces party shot protesters from the rooftops of buildings in Beirut, shooting them in the head, in an attack that the party and the movement said was aimed at “dragging the country into sedition.”

In a joint statement, they called on the army to intervene quickly to arrest those responsible for what happened, and called on their supporters to calm down.

On the other hand, the head of the Lebanese Forces party, Samir Geagea, said that "the main reason for the events in Beirut is the uncontrolled weapons that threaten citizens at all times and places."

In a statement, Geagea denounced the clashes that took place in Beirut, calling for full investigations to be conducted to determine the responsibilities for what happened.

The Lebanese army issued an initial statement saying that protesters were subjected to bullets in the "Tayouneh-Badaro" area while they were heading to the Qasr al-Adl area in Beirut.

He pointed out that his forces rushed to cordon off the area and spread in its neighborhoods, and that the search for the shooters was underway to arrest them.

The army called on civilians to evacuate the streets, warning that anyone who shoots will be targeted.

calls for calm

Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel Aoun held contacts with Prime Minister Najib Mikati and the Ministers of Defense and Interior.

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on everyone to calm down and not be drawn into sedition for any reason.

An official statement said that Mikati followed up with the army commander his procedures to control the situation in the “Tayouneh” area and arrest the perpetrators of the attack.

Mikati also communicated with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and the Ministers of Interior and Defense for the same purpose. The statement said that Mikati requested an emergency meeting of the Central Security Council to discuss the situation.

The Court of Cassation in Lebanon rejected the request to disqualify Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, the judicial investigator in the Beirut port explosion case, which would allow him to resume his work.

The former Minister of Finance, Ali Hassan Khalil, and the former Minister of Works, Ghazi Zuaiter, had submitted a second request to the court to disqualify the investigator from the case, given that the Supreme Council for the Trial of Presidents and Ministers is the reference for their trial.

Al-Bitar had suspended the investigation sessions until the Court of Cassation decided on the request to disqualify him.

It is noteworthy that the judge had previously issued two arrest warrants against former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former Minister of Works Youssef Fenianos, and a summons against former Prime Minister Hassan Diab.


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