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Lebanese Army Arrests Nine, Including Syrian, After Deadly Beirut Clashes

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The Lebanese Army announced that it had arrested nine people, including a Syrian citizen, who took part in the violent clashes that broke out in the capital Beirut in the noon of October 14.

The clashes broke out when snipers opened fire at a group of Hezbollah and Amal Movement’s supporters who were protesting in the area of Tayouneh against the ongoing investigation into the 2020 Beirut port explosion. Hezbollah and Amal both accused the judge leading the inquiry of being politically motivated for targeting their officials only.

A total of six people, all supporters of Hezbollah and Amal, were killed in the clashes. One of the victims was a civilian woman, a mother of five.

In a statement, the Lebanese Army said that the detainees are from both sides of the conflict. They are currently being interrogated.

Hezbollah and Amal officially accused the far-right Lebanese Forces party of orchestrating the deadly attack on the protesters.

Samir Geagea, Lebanese Forces leader, refuted these accusations. The pro-US Lebanese politician called for an investigation into the clashes.

Meanwhile, security sources told the Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV that an entire armed cell of the Lebanese Forces that took part in initial attack was apprehended by the Lebanese Army.

The Lebanese Army has deployed a large force in the heart of Beirut. The city is now calm. Yet, a new confrontation may break out soon if those responsible for the attack were allowed to get away with it for political reasons.

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