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Lebanese soldiers’ judiciary opposes Judge Tarek Bitter investigating last year’s deadly port blast as supporters of a group of Shiite Hezbollah and Amal posess in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, October 14, 2021. I am guarding near the palace. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Beirut Armed clashes broke out in Beirut on Thursday. This comes amid protests from the Chief Justice, who last year investigated a major explosion at a port in the city.
Protests outside the Palace of Justice were called for by a powerful Hezbollah group and its allies demanding the sacking of Judge Tarek Bitter. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. An Associated Press journalist saw a man being shot with a pistol during a protest.
Hundreds of tons 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, devastated a country already ravaged by political divisions and unprecedented economic and financial collapse.
The second judge, Vital, who led the complex investigation, faced fierce opposition from the powerful Hezbollah group in Lebanon and its allies.
Hezbollah officials have not yet been charged in an investigation 14 months ago.
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