* Armed violence erupted on the streets of Beirut today resulting in at least six deaths and dozens more injuries
* Hezbollah and Shiite allies called for protest today over lead judge in probe into chemical blast last year
* Both groups of protestors claim they came under sniper fire from an unidentified attacker on the rooftops
* Desperate residents forced to evacuate their homes and flee the area in order to find shelter from the chaos
At least six people were killed and a further 32 injured after armed clashes erupted in Beirut during a protest by Militant Shia groups Hezbollah and Amal against the judge leading the probe into last year’s explosion in the city’s port.
Desperate residents were forced to find shelter behind cars and schoolchildren hid under desks after members of Shia and Christian militias armed with automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers began exchanging fire in the streets.
An unidentified sniper also began opening fire on crowds who had gathered at the capital’s Palace of Justice.
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WNU Editor: This recent fighting started after this …. Lebanon court dismisses Hezbollah bid to remove Beirut blast judge (Times of Israel).
More News On Today’s Violent Clashes In Beirut
Beirut Live Updates: At Least 6 Dead in Gunfire After Protests — New York Times
Beirut protests: Gunfire as tensions over port explosion probe escalate — Middle East Eye