Anger in Tripoli after Lebanese army fired during protest

Anger in Tripoli after Lebanese army fired during protest
Protesters poured back onto streets and squares across Lebanon on Saturday (October 26), despite army efforts to unblock roads.

The Lebanese army said it fired gunshots into the air after a clash at a protest road-block near the northern city of Tripoli, injuring several people.

The army said it had intervened to break up a skirmish between protesters and people trying to drive their cars on the road. Stones and fireworks were thrown at soldiers, injuring five of them, it said in a statement.

After using tear gas, the army said it then fired into the air and also used rubber bullets, injuring several people.

A witness said soldiers shot into the air after trying to re-open a road out of Tripoli that some protesters had been blocking, near the Beddawi Palestinian refugee camp.

The Lebanese Red Cross said seven people were transported from the scene for treatment. State news agency NNA said several people were injured, some seriously.

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's office said he has asked the army's commander to investigate the incident.

As part of a wave of unprecedented protests demanding the government resign, people have closed routes across Lebanon with makeshift barriers and sit-ins for days.

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