BEIRUT: Police said late Sunday an investigation is under way after Akkar MP Mouin Merhebi fired shots in a standoff with police near Tripoli, north Lebanon.
A statement from the Internal Security Forces said police set up two checkpoints Sunday afternoon as part of a crackdown on building violations in Badawi near Tripoli, Lebanon's second-largest city.
When Merhebi arrived at one of the checkpoints on the main Beddawi road at 7:30 p.m., he demanded its removal, arguing that the roadblock was causing a traffic jam, the police statement said.
It said Merhebi ignored the police’s explanation regarding the nature of the checkpoint and grabbed a Kalashnikov out of his car and began firing shots into the air after unleashing insults.
Then, Merhebi approached a military vehicle at the checkpoint in an attempt to remove it, but the driver refused and a scuffle ensued, the police said.
The ISF statement said no one was hurt, adding that a probe had been launched to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.
On Monday, demonstrators blocked Minyeh-Akkar road near al-Mhamra in protest over the crackdown on building violations.