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Intensive security spread .. Cautious calm downtown Beirut after a tense night


A cautious calm prevailed in the center of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, at dawn today, Sunday, after a tense night, which witnessed sporadic clashes between security forces, protesters, members of Hezbollah and the Amal movement, which resulted in dozens of wounded.

Calm has returned to the center of the Lebanese capital after strengthening the security deployment by the security forces and the army, while elements of the civil defense are still present in the area in anticipation of any emergency and to intervene quickly if necessary.

On the other hand, hundreds of protesters flocked to the sit-in squares in downtown Beirut, after calls made by activists on social media to take to the center of Beirut to support the demonstrators after the recent events.

In Sidon, southern Lebanon, several sub-roads in the city were closed in solidarity with the protesters in Beirut, amid calls spreading over communication sites to gather in the Revolution Square in the heart of southern Sidon.

Clashes and clashes
The Al-Jazeera correspondent in Lebanon had stated that the confrontations resumed between the riot police and the Parliament’s police, and between groups of the popular movement sit-in near Parliament in central Beirut late at night, to demand the formation of a national rescue government from specialists away from the party forces.

The security forces threw tear gas canisters to disperse the protesters and expel them from the vicinity of Parliament and the streets leading to it.

The confrontations started early Saturday evening, and resulted in more than fifty protesters with fainting cases and separate fractures, according to the Red Cross and Civil Defense.

The Internal Security Forces said that twenty of them were taken to hospitals for treatment as a result of being stoned.

The security forces initially managed to break the sit-in in the vicinity of Parliament, but groups of protesters returned to the area at a later time.

The new protests near the parliament come in the context of the popular movement that Lebanon has been witnessing since last October 17, to demand the departure of the political elite that led the country towards the worst economic crisis in decades.

It is scheduled to start tomorrow, Monday, parliamentary consultations obligatory to nominate a new prime minister, in light of differences between the political forces.

Source: aljazeera

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