Unknown Gunmen Attack al-Jadeed TV with Gunfire, Firebombsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Unknown gunmen on Monday attacked al-Jadeed television’s headquarters in the Beirut neighborhood of Wata el-Msaytbeh, opening fire on the building, hurling Molotov bombs and setting fire to tires.
“Masked attackers assaulted the employees and burned tires after trying to storm the building,” al-Jadeed news director Mariam al-Bassam told MTV.
“Four masked gunmen opened fire outside al-Jadeed's building and hurled Molotov bombs that caused a fire in the building's entrance,” reported LBC television.
The Internal Security Forces’ Intelligence Bureau managed to arrest one of the attackers, identifying him as Wissam Alaeddine.
“According to preliminary investigations, Wissam Alaeddine, who has been arrested for attacking al-Jadeed television, has a criminal record,” al-Jadeed reported.
Al-Jadeed said Speaker Nabih Berri telephoned the channel, condemning the attack and stressing that Alaeddine is not a member of AMAL Movement.
Speaking to reporters outside al-Jadeed’s building, Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said “Wissam Alaeddine has a criminal record and he has recently been engaged in a spat with army intelligence agents.”
Charbel vowed to arrest the rest of the attackers.
For his part, Information Minister Walid al-Daouq condemned the attack during a telephone interview with al-Jadeed, calling on the judiciary to take the relevant measures.
The attack came after Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir launched a scathing attack on Hizbullah and AMAL during an interview with the station.