In light of the escalation of tension in Lebanese road against the backdrop of investigations into the Beirut port explosion, which killed more than 200 people on August 4, 2020, the Tayouneh and “Adliya” areas in Beirut witnessed clashes and shootings today, Thursday, as well as grenades with rocket propulsion, in concomitance with the Movements called by the supporters of Hezbollah and its ally “Amal Movement”, in front of the Palace of Justice against the investigator in this file, Judge Tariq Bitar.
Scenes shot from the venue showed a person lying on the ground covered in blood, and large numbers of protesters were seen running to the sound of bullets.
Hezbollah supporters shoot
While the video clips showed members dressed in black (mostly Hezbollah supporters, according to media locals) hiding behind garbage cans, firing from their own machine guns.
Furthermore, the videos showed militants of the Amal movement shooting in the capital.
While the Al-Arabiya correspondent reported that the demonstration in front of the courthouse had dissolved, the army deployed heavily in the two areas (Tayouneh and Adliya), and ambulances rushed into thearea.
It also indicated that 6 deaths were recorded, according to the Ministry of Health, and 60 people were injured in the symbolic Tayouneh area of the country, as it formed a dividing line between what was known to the country during the civil war years. era such as eastern and western Beirut.
For its part, Hezbollah and the Amal Movement have indicated in a statement that snipers shot protesters from the rooftops, adding that the bullets were aimed at the protesters’ heads.
Alert in Ghamiq trench
On the other hand, Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for calm and relaxation, while thearea of Khandaq al-Ghamiq in the Lebanese capital attended large gatherings of supporters of the Amal movement and Hezbollah.
Those clashes came after Hezbollah launched repeated campaigns and criticisms against Bitar, accusing him of discretion and impartiality and putting in doubt its credibility.
He also threatened to withdraw from the government and to mobilize the streets as well in a delicate moment in the country, amid the growing tensions over this investigation and a dramatic deterioration in economic and living conditions.
Moves arrived also today, after yesterday a cabinet session was postponed that should have examined this dossier, in the light of the dispute between the ministers and the political currents of the country, and among the appeals to the supporters of Hezbollah and Amal to bring in street with the aim of asking for the hand of the judicial investigator.
The Court of Cassation refuses to stop the judge’s hand
Furthermore, the demonstration of the loyalists of the party and its ally coincided with the rejection by the Civil Court of Cassation of a lawsuit brought by the former Minister of Finance Ali Hassan Khalil and the Minister of Works Ghazi Zuaiter (affiliated to the Amal movement led by by Nabih Berri), demanding that Bitar stop the case, allowing him to resume his investigation.
A judicial source told AFP that the civil Court of Cassation rejected the case on the grounds that the matter was not within its competence, because Bitar “is not a judge of the Court of Cassation”.
Interestingly, in light of the aforementioned decision, the judge can now resume his investigation.
He is expected to set interrogation dates for both Zuaiter and former Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouk, after he had to cancel their two interrogation sessions this week following the suspension of the investigation.
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