Lebanese president vows to hold those behind deadly armed clashes accountable
BEIRUT – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday that those behind the deadly armed clashes that erupted earlier in the day in Beirut’s southern suburb of Tayouneh should be held accountable.
Six people were killed and more than 30 others injured in the armed clashes during a planned protest by supporters of Hezbollah and the Amal Movement against Judge Tarek Bitar who is investigating last year’s Beirut port explosions.
In a televised speech, Aoun said it was “unacceptable that weapons are once again the means of communication among Lebanese rivals.”
“We will not allow anyone to take the country hostage to their own interests,” the president added.
The Lebanese army announced that it has arrested nine people suspected of involvement in the armed clashes.
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