Former minister: what is happening in Beirut is gun extortion

The European Union commented on the clashes in The capital is BeirutHe claimed to closely monitor what is happening in Lebanon, calling for calm and moderation.

His spokesman, Peter Stano, said Thursday that the union maintains the sanctions mechanism related to the Lebanese crisis and can be activated. He explained that “the European Union closely follows what is happening and who is doing it. And when necessary, it can activate the sanctions regime and discuss the possibilities of imposing it, with the consent of the countries of the Union”.

Port explosion investigation

Stano also renewed the need to continue the investigation into the explosion of the port of Beirut, stressing the need for the investigation to be conducted in quickly and transparently, in impartially and independently, without any interference in the affairs of the investigators.

For its part, the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, Joanna Frontka, expressed her concern over the violence in Beirut.

“I express my concern about the violent incidents occurring in Beirut today. At this juncture it is important to exercise maximum restraint and ensure the return of calm and the protection of citizens,” wrote Frontska on his Twitter account.

French concern

France, in turn, has expressed deep concern about the recent obstacles to the investigation into the explosion of the port of Beirut and the violence taking place in the capital, urging everyone to calm down.

The French foreign ministry said in a note that Paris has supported all phases of the investigation into the attack on the port, has responded to all the requests addressed to it in the context of the Lebanese investigation and will continue to do so, stressing that “Lebanese justice must be in able to act in independently and impartially in the framework of this investigation. “without obstacles and with the full support of the authorities. He also stressed that the Lebanese are awaiting the results of the investigation into the explosion of the port and have a right to know the truth.

Extortion with a weapon

For his part, the former Lebanese Minister of Tourism, Michel Pharaon, stressed that what is happening now in the capital, Beirut, is blackmail with weapons.

The pharaoh implicitly accused the Hezbollah militia of having rejected the international and local investigation into the explosion of the port of Beirut.

He also added, in statements to Al-Arabiya, that the ball is in the field of the Lebanese presidency and government, believing that President Michel Aoun should resign.

Former minister: what is happening in Beirut is gun extortion

Supporters of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah near Beirut Palace of Justice (Reuters)

“Message delivered”

On Thursday, the Pharaoh tweeted on his Twitter account, saying, “The message is being conveyed to those who are interested, old or young as they are.”

He also continued: “The message says that no matter how fair your case is, when things reach personalities in our group or those who have been with us, there is no right or law, we are above the law and we will protect them, no matter how big the crime or corruption is, and if we get to the point of reminding you of the May 7 weapon. “

“Civil Peace”

The head of the Forces Party, Samir Geagea, also denounced the events that took place inarea of Tayouneh in Beirut, stating that “the main reason is uncontrolled weapons”.

Geagea called on the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Defense and the Interior to conduct investigations complete and accurate to determine the responsibilities for what happened in the capital, underlining that “the pace civil is the only wealth left for us in Lebanon, which we must preserve. But this requires that we all cooperate to achieve it. “

Things will not calm down

The head of the Media and Communications Service of the Party of Forces, Charles Jabbour, also made it clear that things will not calm down until the leader of the Hezbollah militia, Hassan Nasrallah, is not sure that the judge has been “stopped”. Tariq Bitar On the case of the investigation into the explosion of the port of Beirut.

Jabbour said, as reported by the media local people, that what is happening today is a direct result of the “mobilization and incitement” that has been going on for four months and started by Nasrallah.

Members of Hezbollah and Amal Movement in Tayouneh during the clashes in Beirut (AFP)

Members of Hezbollah and Amal Movement in Tayouneh during the clashes in Beirut (AFP)

Unprecedented tension

It is indicated that Beirut witnessed unprecedented tension on Thursday On the impact of the implementation of the protests of Hezbollah supporters and the Amal movement in front of the Palace of Justice and in thearea of Tayouneh against the forensic investigator in the port explosion file, Judge Tariq Bitar.

At least two explosions were heard after violence and clashes erupted near the protest site in the Adliya area, while the Red Cross reported that at least 6 people were killed and more than 30 injured.

From the scene of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

From the scene of the clashes in Beirut (Reuters)

Bullets and RPGs

A firefight also took place in the Tayouneh area, and an RPG fell, amid the hum of bullets, in a rapid deterioration of the situation and high tension, as dozens of snipers scattered on the roofs of the buildings, with the tension rising to the area of ​​Ain El-Rommana near the site, often known for the presence of Christian political parties in it.

The army also sided heavily in thearea Tayouneh to contain the violence, asking civilians to evacuate all roads. The army confirmed that it would shoot any gunman on the street.

On the other hand, according to the correspondent of Al-Arabiya / Al-Hadath, armed members of Hezbollah and Amal have been deployed in the surrounding areas (suburbs of Beirut).

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