Lebanon News

Army arrests 2 for opening fire on protesters in Tripoli

People take cover as bodyguards of former Lebanese Member of Parliament Misbah al-Ahdab (unseen) fire shots amidst ongoing protests against dire economic conditions in the northern coastal city of Tripoli on Oct. 18, 2019. (AFP/Ibrahim Chalhoub)

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army has arrested two people for opening fire on protesters in Tripoli’s Al-Nour Square Friday and wounding at least one person.

A statement from the Army said its intelligence units had arrested men identified A.S. and M.Sh. for their involvement in the incident.

Local media reported that bodyguards of former MP Misbah al-Ahdab had opened fire, but the Army did not confirm whether the two detainees were associated with him.

Ahdab appeared to confirm that the two men who were arrested were his bodyguards.

“We follow the law and I handed over two of the bodyguards, even though we were the ones who were assaulted, and we want an investigation,” Adhab was quoted as saying by Lebanese media.

Protesters on the scene held up a plastic chair covered in blood and empty bullet casings, saying that seven people had been wounded in the gunfire.

They then forced Ahdab out of the central Tripoli square and headed to a garage of a transport company belonging to the former lawmaker, setting it alight.

Others headed to his home, but were prevented from entering by the Lebanese Army.

Unconfirmed local media reports said that two of those wounded had succumbed to their wounds. The Army statement did not mention any deaths.

Thousands gathered in the square Friday in tandem with other protests across Lebanon against economic deterioration, proposed new tax measures and a corrupt political class.

 

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