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After a Bloody Day in Beirut, Lebanon Braces for More Violence

MIN READOct 15, 2021 | 21:52 GMT

Lebanese medics help evacuate civilians during clashes in the Tayouneh area of Beirut on Oct. 14, 2021.

Lebanese medics help evacuate civilians during clashes in the Tayouneh area of Beirut on Oct. 14, 2021.

(JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images)

In the Lebanese capital of Beirut, a deadly gun battle between militias has raised the risk of future violence. On Oct. 14, unidentified assailants opened fire on Hezbollah and allied al Amal protesters who were marching to Lebanon's Palace of Justice to demand the removal of the judge investigating the August 2020 Beirut port explosion. The shooting reportedly started when the mostly Muslim demonstrators marched through a largely Christian neighborhood in the Lebanese capital, leaving at least six people dead, including members of al Amal and Hezbollah. The attack then triggered hours of intense sectarian clashes in downtown Beirut, marking the worst day of sectarian violence in the city in more than a decade. The military eventually moved in to make arrests and secure the area. But while it appears this latest round of violence has ended, there are a number of possible triggers that could easily incite the next...

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