Several people have been killed and many more injured in a shootout in Beirut with Hezbollah militants and their allies against a senior judge investigating a massive explosion last year in the city port.
At least six people have been killed and 25 others injured in a shootout, the Lebanese Red Cross told Al Jazeera.
The fiery exchanges that took place with snipers, rifles, assault rifles, and grenades were a serious threat to controversy in the domestic investigation.
Gunfire rang out and ambulances rushed to the scene, screaming for help. Snipers fired into the house. Bullets ricocheted off local windows. Four weapons fell near a French public school, Freres of Furn el Chebbak, causing panic, said a security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to reporters.
The students huddled in the middle corridors while the windows were open to avoid trouble, at the commemorative photos of the 1975-90 civil war.
The demonstrations outside Justice Palace were called in by the powerful Hezbollah group and their allies demanding the removal of Judge Tarek Bitar.
It is not known what caused the shooting, but there were tensions between the former Shia civil war and Christian communities.
In his remarks, Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for calm and urged the people “not to get involved in civil war”.