Beirut violence: Live updates
The New Arab is following events in Beirut, where shots were fired during a demonstration organised by Shia parties against the lead investigator into the Beirut port blast. The violence has left at least six people dead and 30 others injured.
Lebanon's army has arrested nine people, including a Syrian, in connection to the violence.
بتاريخ ١٤ /١٠ /٢٠٢١ وأثناء توجّه عدد من المحتجين إلى منطقة العدلية للاعتصام، حصل اشكال وتبادل لإطلاق النار في منطقة الطيونة- بدارو، ما أدى إلى مقتل عدد من المواطنين وإصابة آخرين بجروح.#الجيش_اللبناني #LebaneseArmy https://t.co/5EuOof36FE— الجيش اللبناني (@LebarmyOfficial) October 14, 2021
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Hezbollah says gunmen were spread out in neighbourhoods and on top of buildings to snipe protesters. The Shia paramilitary group has accused the Christian Lebanese Forces Party of having carried out the attacks.
The Lebanese Forces Party has issued a statement blaming the violence on Hezbollah incitement over the past few months against the Beirut probe judge.
Judge Tarek Bitar has in recent days been in the sights of the Shia Hezbollah and Amal parties, particularly for insisting on subpoenaing top officials in his probe.
France has urged de-escalation in Lebanon following the deadly clashes that broke out in Beirut.
"France is deeply concerned over the recent hindering of the smooth running of the investigation... and the violence that has occurred in this context. France calls on all parties to bring about a de-escalation," the French foreign ministry said in a statement. Read more here.