Details of Beirut clashes remain unclear as Lebanon marks protests anniversary

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Details of Beirut clashes remain unclear as Lebanon marks protests anniversary
Finger pointing over the shooting in Beirut last week continued as Lebanon marked two years since anti-government protests began.
By TZVI JOFFRE
OCTOBER 17, 2021

The details of the shootout in Beirut over the weekend which killed seven people and injured dozens remained unclear on Sunday morning, as the investigation and finger-pointing continued and as Lebanon prepared to mark two years since anti-government protests swept the nation. The shooting began as Shi'ite Hezbollah and Amal supporters marched through the Tayouneh area of Beirut where it meets Ain El Remmaneh and Chiyah, a site famous for sectarian clashes between Shi'ites, Sunnis and Christians during the 1975 civil war in Lebanon, as it marked the border between east and west Beirut.

Hezbollah quickly pointed the finger at the Christian Lebanese Forces movement, claiming that the movement had sniped protesters from nearby rooftops in a planned ambush. The Lebanese Forces have rejected the claims, saying the shooting was because of incitement caused by Hezbollah’s leaders against Tarek Bitar, the judge in charge of investigating the 2020 Beirut Port blast, and that the claims were an attempt to divert attention from Hezbollah’s invasion into the area.

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