The attacks on protestors by the Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal enter the second consecutive day of violence. NNA, a state news agency reported gunfire flared up during the clashes. Lebanese broadcaster LBCI posted a video showing heavy gunfire in Beirut near the Cola bridge. No injuries were reported during the gunfire.
The protests against a political and economic crisis in Lebanon have been ongoing for more than a month. Following the protests, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned from his duties. Amal and Hezbollah who have been an ally to the Prime Minister, have opposed his resignation. The heavily armed supporters of Hezbollah and Amal destroyed main protest camp in Central Beirut in an attempt to break the protests and clear the blocked roads. Men have been roaming the streets waving Hezbollah and Amal flags in Tyre and Beirut. According to Lebanese media, the men also tore up tents of the protestors and set them on fire in Tyre. The security forces had to intervene and fire guns in the air in an attempt to break up the clashes.
Hezbollah and Amal supporters also blame the protestors and their tactics to build up the pressure, as two people were killed in a car crash on Monday. The car crashed due to roadblocks created by the protestors.
The Future Movement run by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has warned its supporters against the clashes and to stay away from large gatherings. The protests have mainly been peaceful until now.
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