Heavy gunfire in Beirut kills 2 as violent protests against Beirut blast judge sweep capital, with Lebanese army deployed

Heavy gunfire rang out during violent clashes that have claimed at least two lives in Beirut amid protests against the lead judge investing last year’s deadly Beirut blast, with the Lebanese army deployed to squash the unrest.

On Thursday, scenes of unrest uploaded to Twitter showed people running frantically throughout Beirut around the Justice Palace area, with sirens blaring in the background and what sounded like several rounds of gun shots.

One graphic video on the social media platform captured heavy gunfire and screaming and a seriously injured man being dragged through the streets bleeding.

In a statement uploaded to the Lebanese army’s Twitter account, the military said that its soldiers will gun down any armed man on the road and anyone who shoots from elsewhere. It also said that its unit had asked civilians to evacuate the streets and that searches were underway to find the assailants.

Lebanon’s Red Cross confirmed that at least two people have been killed and several injured. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for the arrest of the perpetrators of the violence in the capital.

The protests come shortly after the Lebanese court dismissed a case put forward by two politicians, the ex finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former public works minister Ghazi Zeiter, who were due to stand in the docks in the Beirut blast probe earlier this week.

Tarek Bitar, the lead investigator, had his probe suspended for the second time in under three weeks on Tuesday after Khalil, a senior member of the Shiite Amal movement and an ally of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, and Zeiter, also close to the movement complained.

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Shots were fired at protesting supporters of Iran-backed Hezbollah and its main Shia ally, Amal

Heavy gunfire breaks out at protests in Beirut. At least 3 dead and several injured