At least six people were killed in the conflict Hundreds of followers protested in Beru The Shiite militia party Hezbollah and the Shiite party AMAL oppose the judge who led the investigation into the bombing in the country’s capital in August 2020. More than 200 deaths and huge material losses.
The Lebanese Red Crescent Society stated that “6 people have been killed and more than 3 injured”, adding that it has deployed four teams in the Tayune area to take care of the wounded and transfer them to the hospital.
Rally has been called in front of Beirut’s Palace of Justice to protest Against Judge Tarek Bitar, In a serious political crisis, Hezbollah tried to prevent Hezbollah from investigating and accusing judges of the “politicization” of judges.
The Lebanese Army stated through its account on the social network Twitter, “When the protesters went to the Beirut Justice Palace, they Shooting targets in Tayune and Badaro neighborhoods“, then added that the military “has cordoned off the area and deployed patrols in the neighborhood and its entrances.” “
He also emphasized that an operation has been launched to “arrest those responsible for the shooting.” “Deployed Army Forces They will shoot at any armed person On the street, and against anyone who fired from other places and asked civilians to evacuate the street, “He has settled down.
Hezbollah and AMAL condemned the “snipers” for “direct shooting” at the participants with “peaceful concentration” and confirmed the existence of “martyrs” while condemning the purpose of “dragging the country into rebellion.” They asked the Army to “take responsibility” And “stop criminals.”
According to information collected by the Lebanese newspaper Oriental Daily, the situation quickly led to open conflicts, in which rocket-propelled grenades were launched. Similarly, according to the Lebanese national news agency NNA, an artillery shell hit the area.
According to NNA, Lebanese President Michel Aoun is following the events in Beirut with Prime Minister Naib Mikati, the Minister of Interior and Defense, and the head of the army. This is a meeting aimed at agreeing on measures. Try to restore calm in the capital.
Mikati himself has called for calm “Don’t be incited to instigate, regardless of the excuses”The Prime Minister also started contacting Speaker Nabih Berry to resolve the situation and called for a meeting of the Lebanese Security Council.
Similarly, Joanna Voroneka, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, expressed “concerns” about the “violent incidents” in Beirut. “In this case, the key is to show the utmost restraint, ensure calm is restored and protect citizens,” he said via his account on the social network Twitter.
These incidents took place during the critical movement of Hezbollah and AMAL (AMAL to which Berry belongs) Bitar, and after several former ministers were summoned to testify within the framework of the investigation, they filed various lawsuits in an attempt to get the judge to be terminated. .
Participants in the protest in black chanted slogans, such as “For our souls, for our blood, We sacrifice for you, Nabih’ and’Zionists, ZionistsAccording to the Oriental Daily News, Samir Geagea is a Zionist, referring to Samir Geagea, the leader of the Lebanese Army who supported Bitar.
Tensions within the administration
After Hezbollah, AMAL, and the Malada movement threatened to “suspend” their participation, this increase in tension threatened the stability of the recently formed Lebanese government, which gained the trust of the parliament on September 20. If the source cited by the Bitar Al Yadid television network confirms it, another judge will replace it.
“Judge Bitar was appointed by decree and can be challenged by decree, although The ideal solution is to resolve this issue at the High Judicial Council“These sources said that they said, “Bitar tends to accuse Hezbollah of the crime of bombing at the port.” “
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah severely accused Bitar on Monday, accusing him of “selective” and “politicized” stance.Therefore, he claims Replaced by “transparent and honest judges” He added that family members “will not learn the truth from the judge.”
Nasrallah warned that “if the judge continues to act like this, the country may be heading for a catastrophe” and reiterated that “what is happening in the investigation of the port bombing has nothing to do with justice or the law.” “What happened in the investigation was a very, very, very, very big mistake, and we will not accept that things continue like this in the next few days,” he said. “You have to solve this problem, if you don’t solve it, The government must solve it“,solved.
Bitar issued an arrest warrant for former Minister Alí Hasán Jalil after failing to appear in court for interrogation on Tuesday, although he received a notice of suspension of the investigation by Jalil himself and former Minister Ghazi Zeaiter in a new lawsuit shortly afterwards. The court has previously dismissed several lawsuits against Bitar.
However, this new lawsuit was also dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal earlier this Thursday, so the investigation of Bitar, who replaced Fadi Sauan in February after being fired after a similar lawsuit, may resume again after the argument. It has no right to consider this request.
Due to the obstruction of the investigation and the delay of the immunity of former ministers and parliamentarians who were summoned by Judge Bitar to testify within the framework of the investigation, the civil unrest has intensified in recent months, including Diab. An agreement was reached on the formation of a new government.