BEIRUT: Roads in several areas of the country were closed for a second day Saturday by Lebanese angry over the car bombing incident that claimed the life security chief Brig. Gen. Wissam Hasan.
In north Lebanon where protesters continued blocking roads using burning tires in several areas of Tripoli, one sheikh was killed when gunmen exchanged fire in the Abi Samra neighborhood.
Separately, exchanges of gunfire took place between the rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh in Tripoli and gunmen opened fire in the air in other neighborhoods of the city.
In the southern coastal city of Sidon, protesters burned tires to block the entrance to Nejmeh Square as members of the Future Movement covered the roundabout with black cloth in a sign of mourning over the death of Hasan, who headed the police’s Information Branch.
On Friday, a massive car bomb exploded near the bustling Sassine Square in the Beirut neighborhood of Ashrafieh, killing at least five people, including Hasan, and wounding 110 others.
The explosion, the most serious in four years, fueled fears of a return to the wave of political assassinations that rattled Lebanon between 2005 and 2008.
Lebanese soldiers have been deployed around Sidon as schools and businesses closed in compliance with a call by the Future Movement to do so as well as the government’s designating of Saturday as a day of mourning.
In the capital Beirut, roads were blocked in several areas including the street connecting Cornish Mazaraa and Tariq al-Jadidah to Downtown Beirut and the road near the Camille Chamoun National Stadium.
The protests took off hours after news of Hasan’s killing Friday.