six dead and military in the street

Gunshots during a demonstration in the streets of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, where at least six people were killed and thirty injured. This is the outcome of a day of terror in the Middle Eastern country. It all happened during a demonstration organized by the Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal to protest against Tarek Bitar, the judge who will have to decide the fate of the trial on the devastating explosion of 4 August 2020 in the port of the Lebanese capital, whose video went around the world. According to the demonstrators, the judge is partial and would like to politicize the sentence. The fact is that during the procession, gunmen and snipers began firing on the crowd, causing a bloodbath.

The Lebanese army has announced the arrest of nine people on both sides, including a Syrian, following the bloody clashes in Beirut which resulted in the deaths of 6 people and the wounding of 30 others. Hezbollah and Amal claim they are Christian snipers were firing on demonstrators and pointing the finger at the Lebanese Forces party, a Christian one. Not a bolt in the open because, since the investigation began, it has been a continuous escalation, until today. The first gunshots were fired in the afternoon in the Tayyoune neighborhood, not far from the courthouse.

“The climate in the city is very tense and there are many soldiers deployed in different areas. Yesterday evening we imagined such a scenario, so much so that I was told to stay at home and that some schools were also closed” he called Oliviero Garcia, consecrated lay person of the Focolare movement, who works for the Latin apostolic vicar of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.

“I went to work anyway even though they warned me not to go there because of possible tensions,” said Garcia, a native of Paraguay, 42, of which just over the last in Beirut and the previous seven in Jordan. “I went just outside the city but then I had to hurry back once the television started showing images of the clashes.”

Meanwhile, the press also stops. “We are sorry to inform our readers that due to circumstances beyond our control, we have temporarily suspended the update of our website.” Thus the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star on its home page, with a reference to the incidents taking place in Beirut.

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