Lebanese protesters conflict with supporters of Hezbollah, Amal in Beirut


BEIRUT (Information) – Clashes broke out between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of the Shi’ite teams Hezbollah and Amal within the Lebanese capital, Beirut, early on Monday, as tensions escalated when demonstrators blocked a most important bridge.

Lebanese military troopers and riot police are deployed after clashes broke out between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of the Shi’ite actions Hezbollah and Amal in Beirut, Lebanon, November 25, 2019. Information/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon has confronted 5 weeks of anti-government protests, fueled by anger at corruption among the many sectarian politicians who’ve ruled Lebanon for many years. Demonstrators need to see your complete ruling class gone from energy.

Hezbollah and Amal have been each represented within the coalition authorities led by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who stop on Oct. 29 after the protests started. The closely armed Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, had opposed Hariri’s resignation.

Military troopers and riot police shaped a barrier separating the protesters from the supporters of the Shi’ite teams on a most important highway often called the Ring Bridge as rocks have been thrown by each side, tv footage broadcast by Lebanese media confirmed.

Safety forces fired tear fuel to disperse the crowds, three native tv stations reported.

Supporters of Hezbollah and Amal waved the teams’ flags. Earlier, they’d chanted: “Shia, Shia” and slogans in help of Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. On the opposite aspect, demonstrators chanted: “Revolution, revolution”.

Lebanese broadcaster al-Jadeed reported that combating apparently broke out when Hezbollah and Amal supporters blamed different demonstrators for making offensive feedback about Nasrallah. Information couldn’t independently confirm the report.

The bottom was strewn with rocks. A bike was set on hearth.

The Lebanese civil protection mentioned on its Twitter account that it was administering first support to 5 folks affected by “varied accidents.”

It was the worst stress in Beirut since a mob loyal to Hezbollah and Amal attacked and destroyed the principle protest camp in central Beirut final month. The protests have been overwhelmingly peaceable.

Reporting by Issam Abdullah, Laila Bassam and Nadine Awadalla in Beirut; Further reporting by Nayera Abdullah in Cairo; Enhancing by Peter Cooney