Six killed, dozens injured as armed groups shoot protesters from rooftops in Beirut

Six killed, dozens injured as armed groups shoot protesters from rooftops in Beirut

At least six people have been killed and 60 others injured in Beirut, where armed groups shot from rooftops at Hezbollah supporters, who had gathered to protest against the judge investigating last year's catastrophic port explosion.

At least six people have been killed and 60 others injured in Beirut, where armed groups shot from rooftops at Hezbollah supporters, who had gathered to protest against the judge investigating last year's catastrophic port explosion.

Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television said the gunfire at Tayyoune neighborhood on Thursday targeted hundreds of people, who had gathered in the vicinity of Beirut's Justice Palace.

In a statement, Hezbollah and its ally Amal said armed groups affiliated with the Lebanese Forces party led by Samir Geagea fired at the protesters from rooftops, aiming at their heads in an attempt to drag Lebanon into a new sectarian strife.

The resistance parties called on the army to intervene quickly and detain the perpetrators. They also called on their supporters to remain calm and “not be drawn to malicious discord.”

The Lebanese Forces is a Maronite Christian based political party and former Israeli-backed militia group during the 1975-90 Civil War.

Lebanon's army said it arrested nine people, including a Syrian. It said on Twitter that it remained deployed in the area to ensure violence did not occur again. The army also urged people to leave the area and warned they would shoot anyone opening fire.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati called an emergency security session as he warned against attempts to drag Lebanon into violence.

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