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Beirut residents block roads

  • A protester burns tires to block a Beirut road on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Outraged residents blocked roads in the capital using burning tires Wednesday in protest of the killing of Husam al-Shawwa, who was shot during a demonstration a day earlier.

Angered by the death of Shawwa, several young men cut off the road connecting Cola to Cite Sportive Stadium as well as the Beirut neighborhood of Qasqas.

Internal Security Forces were able to reopen the roads 30 minutes later and put out the blaze from the burning tires.

Shawwa, 40, was shot during a protest Tuesday night when Lebanese soldiers fired into the air and used teargas to disperse the demonstrators blocking the Qasqas road.

He later died of wounds in hospital.

Friends and relatives of Shawwa fired several gunshots into the air during his funeral procession at the Khashakhji Mosque in Qasqas.

Shawa was among a group of men who protested against the makeshift blockade of Arsal, a northeastern town in the Bekaa Valley.

On Tuesday, residents of the Bekaa town of Lebweh blocked a vital highway leading to the nearby town of Arsal, claiming Arsal residents were providing a haven to militants that have launched rocket attacks on Lebweh and other predominantly-Shiite villages in the area.

In response, angry protesters blocked several roads in the capital, including the Qasqas road, as well as in east and north Lebanon, declaring their solidarity with Arsal, a Sunni town that hosts some 100,000 Syrian refugees.

 
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