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Gunfire, teargas in central Beirut

posted 21 Oct 2012, 08:43 by Mpelembe   [ updated 21 Oct 2012, 08:44 ]

Gunfire is heard in central Beirut and at least two protesters are reported to have fainted, apparently as a result of tear gas fired by security forces after protesters breached an outer barrier around the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati to demand his resignation over the assasination of a top intelligence official.

BEIRUTLEBANON (OCTOBER 21, 2012) (REUTERS) - Gunfire erupted in central Beirut on Sunday October 21) after protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, demanding that he quit over the assasination of a top intelligence official.

An official said security forces had fired in the air.

Witnesses said at least two protesters had fainted, apparently as a result of tear gas fired by security forces after protesters breached an outer barrier around the prime minister's offices.

Hundreds of protesters, waving flags from the anti-Syrian opposition Future Movement - a mainly Sunni Muslim party - and Christian Lebanese forces as well as black Islamist flags, marched on Mikati's offices after the funeral of Wissam al-Hassan.

They accused Syria of being behind Hassan's killing and called for Mikati to resign.


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