BEIRUT: Scuffles broke out between supporters of caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the Lebanese Army in Beirut's Corniche al-Mazraa on Friday.
Protesters threw rocks and fireworks at the soldiers deployed in the area after they attempted to reopen the road, prompting riot police to interfere as well.
The scene in the evening was similar to that during the day when hundreds gathered in Beirut, blocking roads in Corniche al-Mazraa and facing off with dozens of Army personnel and anti-riot police from the Internal Security Forces.
Hariri's supporters blocked roads after Hassan Diab was designated as prime minister Thursday.
Hariri had called upon his supporters to leave the streets, after scuffles broke out in different areas.
“To those who really love me, get off the streets immediately,” Hariri wrote on Twitter.
Many roads in central Bekaa remained blocked after protesters closed them Thursday night.
Mounds of dirt, stones, and iron barriers were used to block roads along Zahle’s main highway and in other areas of Zahle, including Saadnayel, Taalbaya, Qubb Elias, and Jdita, the state-run National News Agency reported. Roads in Al-Marj, Al-Masna'a in west Bekaa have also been obstructed in a similar way.
The Naameh and Jiyyeh highways, which link Beirut to south Lebanon are also cut off by protesters, the Traffic Management Center said Friday.
The TMC also reported widespread roadblocks in north Lebanon.
In Tripoli, protesters blocked roads at the “Roxy” intersection in both directions with stones and containers. Roads near Nour Square, Beddawi and Tabbaneh are also blocked.
In Akkar, roads in Halba, Abdeh and Bireh were blocked.
Hassan Diab, a professor at the American University of Beirut and former education minister, was designated by President Michel Aoun to form a new government after receiving the support of a parliamentary majority in binding consultations held Thursday at Baabda Palace.
Diab said the new government would not be a “confrontation government,” and asked the Lebanese people to give him a chance to form a new cabinet as soon as possible, stressing that all efforts should be geared toward preventing an all-out collapse of the country.