BEIRUT: Security forces intervened Tuesday to restore calm in Al-Tariq Al-Jadideh after the presence of masked gunmen from Resistance Brigade, a group linked to Hezbollah, sparked tension in the Beirut neighborhood, security sources said.
They said the sighting of Resistance Brigade gunmen around the Maqassed Hospital had provoked Al-Tariq al-Jadideh residents, prompting the locals to take to the streets in protest.
Gunshots could be heard in the area, the sources said, adding that security forces have stepped in to restore peace and order. There were no reports of casualties.
In a bid to reduce tensions, Said Shmalli, AKA Abu Ali, who is reported to be the head of the Resistance Brigades in the neighborhood, was escorted along with his family by law enforcement forces out of their home to an undisclosed location, the sources said.
Several masked gunmen were also withdrawn from the streets, the sources said.
Shmalli’s house was put under the protection of security forces, they added.
The Lebanese Army, in a statement, said it arrested three suspects in a series of raids after gunmen with light weapons exchanged gunfire near the Maqassed Hospital at 9:15 a.m.
The Army said the military was still in pursuit of other suspects involved in the shooting.