Armed attack on protesters in Beirut + Images
ISWNews Analysis Group: Seven people were killed and 60 others were wounded when gunmen from Lebanese forces fired on Lebanese demonstrators near the Lebanese Palace of Justice.
Pro-Hezbollah and Amal protesters were shot dead near the Lebanese courthouse by the Lebanese Forces under Samir Geagea. After the shooting began, security and rescue forces were dispatched to the scene and evacuated the demonstrators from al-Tayouna.
Seven demonstrators were martyred and 60 were injured. One of the martyrs was Maryam Mohammed Farhat, a mother of five who was martyred by the Lebanese Forces.
The Lebanese army also warned that it would shoot at any gunman seen on the streets. The Lebanese army called on civilians to leave the streets as soon as possible.
After several hours of fighting, the situation in Beirut is now calm and the clashes are over. Lebanese security forces have identified 10 key perpetrators.
Hours after the clashes, Hezbollah and Amal said in a statement: “Snipers from the rooftops targeted those present at the protest rally. The attack was carried out by armed and organized groups with the aim of creating sedition in Lebanon. The responsibility for this sedition lies with those who hid behind the blood of the martyrs of the Beirut port explosion to achieve political goals.”
The rally was organized by supporters of the Hezbollah and Amal movement in front of the Palace of Justice to protest the actions of Tariq Bitar, the investigator in the Beirut port explosion case.
Seyed Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary General of Hezbollah emphasized in his speech on the evening of October 11: “We want to investigate the explosion in the port and we emphasize that. The judge in the case should not repeat the mistakes of the former judge and should tell the families of the martyrs who brought the ship [carrying ammonium nitrate] into port? By whose order?
It is worth mentioning that Samir Geagea, the leader of the Lebanese Forces Party (Lebanese Forces), the former leader of the Lebanese Phalange Party, is one of the leaders of the March 14 coalition, which strongly seeks to start a civil war in Lebanon and confront Hezbollah.