Beirut – (AFP) – The government commissioner to the military court, Judge Fadi Akiki, summoned the head of the Lebanese Forces party, Samir Geagea, according to what a judicial source said, to hear his testimony regarding the tensions in the Tayouneh area in Beirut last week, which led to the killing of seven people.
The Tayouneh area, near which is the office of the judicial investigator in the Beirut port explosion, Judge Tariq Bitar at the Palace of Justice, witnessed a protest demonstration last Thursday called by Hezbollah and its ally, the Amal Movement, to protest the investigation into the explosion, and after Bitar was accused of “politicizing” the investigation and “acceptability.” “In alleging against officials and not others.
According to security reports and witnesses, demonstrators took advantage of the movement to enter the streets in the area and smash storefronts and cars. Among the participants were a large number of men and young men who wore black T-shirts bearing insignia of Hezbollah and the Amal movement.
And heavy shooting took place during the demonstration. The investigation has not yet determined its parties, but pictures and media reports published showed the participation of Hezbollah and Shiite Amal elements in the shooting, and shooting from buildings in the nearby Ain al-Rummaneh area, which is affiliated in large part with the Christian Lebanese Forces party.
The clashes claimed the lives of seven people affiliated with Hezbollah and Amal, including a woman who was inside her house.
Hezbollah accused “snipers” of the Forces Party of shooting, which the forces denied, stressing that the clashes erupted after demonstrators passed through a street in Ain al-Remmaneh, breaking cars and assaulting private property.
Commenting on the Tayouneh events, Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah accused the forces and their leader of trying to drag the country into a “civil war.”
The judicial source told AFP that Akiki “assigned the investigation branch of the army’s intelligence to summon Geagea and take his statement, based on information provided by members of the forces, who were arrested” against the background of the tensions in Tayouneh.
Army Intelligence is conducting the investigation. According to the judicial source, 26 people were arrested, most of whom are supporters of the Lebanese Forces and residents of the Ain al-Rummaneh area.
Commenting on his summons, Geagea said that he had not yet been informed of this, expressing his readiness to appear before Akiki, “provided that he listens to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah before me.”
In an interview with the local MTV channel, Geagea described Akiki as “Hezbollah’s commissioner,” adding, commenting on the Tayouneh events, “If we assume … that there are two parties, although there is one party, and all the facts on television confirm this, we must It begins with the party whose presence was clear,” referring to the elements of the two Shiite parties.
The Forces Party is one of the most prominent Christian parties opposed to Hezbollah. He often criticizes Hezbollah’s positions and weapons and its involvement in regional conflicts, especially in neighboring Syria, where it has been fighting openly since 2013 in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.