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Lebanese troops judiciary on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Beirut, Lebanon, as a supporter of a group of Shiites Hezbollah and Amal protesting Judge Tarek Bitar investigating last year’s deadly port explosion. I am guarding near the palace. (AP Photo / Hussein Malla)
Beirut – An armed conflict occurred in Beirut on Thursday. This is in the midst of a protest against the chief judge who investigated a major explosion at a port in the city last year.
Protests outside the Palace of Justice were sought by a powerful Hezbollah group and its allies demanding the dismissal of Judge Tarek Bitar. It was not immediately clear what caused the firing. An Associated Press journalist saw a man fire with a pistol during a protest.
Hundreds of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, improperly stored in a port warehouse, exploded on August 4, 2020, killing at least 215 people, injuring thousands and destroying parts of the neighborhood. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, further devastating a country already devastated by political divisions and unprecedented economic and financial collapse.
The second judge, Vital, who led the complex investigation, confronted terrifying opposition from the powerful Hezbollah group in Lebanon and its allies.
Hezbollah officials have not been charged in an investigation 14 months ago so far.
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An armed clash broke out in Beirut in protest of a blast judge
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