AMAL, FPM Trade Gunfire Accusations amid Angry Sin el-Fil Demo

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Supporters of AMAL Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement on Monday accused each other of firing arms in Sin el-Fil's Mirna Chalouhi area, as an FPM official said guards fired in the air to defend FPM's headquarters after it was attacked by AMAL protesters.

A statement issued by the FPM said guards opened fire and called in the army after AMAL supporters “attacked the FPM's general headquarters in Mirna Chalouhi and pelted the HQ with stones.”

The angry protesters also burned tires outside the headquarters amid a heavy deployment by the army and riot police who separated between the rival sides.

In the statement, the FPM called on its supporters to “refrain from any reaction in all regions and to leave things to security forces.”

It also urged its officials “not to talk to the media about the events and to leave the judgment to the Lebanese people.”

“The FPM remains keen on stability and on protecting the country and reforming the state,” the statement added.

An AMAL statement meanwhile denied that any of the movement's supporters had opened fire at FPM's headquarters.

“Security forces and the army know who opened fire and the AMAL Movement rejects any attack on the offices of any party,” the movement said.

The movement “is helping in containing the reactions to the inciteful remarks that have been voiced and the issue requires the other parties to shoulder their responsibilities and put an end to the inflammatory rhetoric,” AMAL added.

Later in the day, FPM chief Jebran Bassil received a hero's welcome after he arrived at the headquarters to inspect it. He left without making a statement.

Monday's unrest across Lebanon was sparked by the emergence of a video showing Bassil calling Speaker Nabih Berri a "thug" during a closed meeting in Batroun.

The leaked video which emerged Sunday comes amid an escalating dispute between Berri and President Michel Aoun over a decree granting one-year's seniority to a number of army officers.

Bassil is Aoun's son-in-law and heads his Free Patriotic Movement party. The footage drew the ire of Berri's aides and political allies, who lashed out at Bassil. Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil described Bassil in a tweet as "lowly" and a "political dwarf."

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Comments 19
Thumb justin 29 January 2018, 20:20

Lebanon at its best

Thumb shab 29 January 2018, 21:35

Rock'n'Roll

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:08

what!!!??? the Head of the Shias send the dogs to atack the Head of the Cristhians!!!??? after the Head of the Sunnis atacked the Head of the Cristhians in the lebanese political system...the Mohameds do not like the visit of Europeans Presidents in Lebanon and Berri never recuperated after the Cristhians recover the Presidence of Lebanon after being roubed by the Heads of Shias-Sunnis...demission of Berry!!!

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:20

the Army must arrested Berry!!!AMAL movement are made a demonstration of force in Lebanon against the Cristhians ...it´s inadimissible!!! Berry behavour against the Head of the Cristhians is the same of the Saudi Prince...Berry and Saudi Prince want´s to roubed the political powers of Cristhians in Lebanon!!! Berri never recouver after the Cristhians recuperated the Head of the Lebanese State !!!...

Missing Ali.Abbas.Badran 29 January 2018, 22:25

As tatbeer brain damaged resistance martyr I used to believe that this guy is a genuine Portuguese Christian even though he cannot spell Christian properly but I cannot explain away why he would spell the name of the parliament speaker two different ways in the same paragraph. The only possible answer is that he's the tatbeer brain damaged resistance troll with thousands of accounts.

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:35

Berry never recouver that the power of the Head of the State return again to the Cristhians...

Thumb zulfiquar 29 January 2018, 23:35

Shias are the majority, Lebanon belongs to us. There wouldn't be a president Aoun without us.

Thumb liberty 30 January 2018, 02:49

yes you are the majority of thieves, thugs, drug dealers and criminals.

Thumb Maxx 30 January 2018, 00:03

@prick.tortugal: Download and install Google Chrome; turn on auto-correct; come back and say that all again. Trying to decipher your "language" makes my brain have a headache, which is why I stopped even trying.

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:39

Berry want´s to paralizated the political powers of the Cristhians...and gonna have the support of the sunnis...the both agree that the power of the Cristhians in the political system must be reduce...this is what is happenning in Lebanon...the message of the Saudi Prince via Hariri is the same of the message of the Head of Shias in the lebanese political system...

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:39

Berry want´s to paralizated the political powers of the Cristhians...and gonna have the support of the sunnis...the both agree that the power of the Cristhians in the political system must be reduce...this is what is happenning in Lebanon...the message of the Saudi Prince via Hariri is the same of the message of the Head of Shias in the lebanese political system...

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:41

Berry must ask apologize to the President Aoun!!!

Thumb zulfiquar 29 January 2018, 23:36

Shias are the majority, Lebanon belongs to us. There wouldn't be a president Aoun without us.

Thumb warrior 30 January 2018, 11:50

You shias belong to iran and you should go live where your mahdi lives.

Thumb tric.portugal 29 January 2018, 22:41

Berry must ask apologize to the President Aoun!!!

Thumb tric.portugal 30 January 2018, 03:57

another demonstration of force against the Cristhianity in Lebanon !!!!??? first was the Whaabism with Hariri...second, the Envagelicals=Torah....and now, the Sheas !!!!??? ....after what is happenning to the Cristhianity in Levant in the last decade...

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 30 January 2018, 05:59

You forgot to mention the Syria Baathist numbnuts you know, the ones who shelled the cities, bombed the churches, murdered the leaders and displaced the people of the Cristhianity in Lebanon or maybe if you mention the Syria Baathist with the others your bank account will suffer.

Thumb warrior 30 January 2018, 05:36

Both are thugs
Both are thieves
Both are corrupt
Both are sectarian
Both are criminals

Enjoy the show

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 30 January 2018, 14:15

lol @flamethrower