Beirut shots fired protest judge blast investigation

Beirut shots fired protest judge blast investigation

Hezbollah, which held the demonstration to call for the removal of the judge investigating a blast that tore through Beirut last year, has accused the rival Lebanese Forces, a right-wing Christian movement, for the attack, setting up a showdown between the two heavily armed groups. Hezbollah and its ally the Amal movement said its supporters “faced an armed aggression by groups from the Lebanese Forces party which had spread out in nearby neighborhoods and on building rooftops, and started its direct sniping operations to purposefully kill.” After hours of shooting, mostly around the Tayyooneh roundabout which was a fault line during the civil war decades ago, the normally traffic-choked streets were eerily quiet, save for the distant sound of ambulances. The Red Cross, which sent teams to the scene, said …
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