Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Amal Say Armed Groups Fired on Protesters

BEIRUT (Reuters) -
Supporters of Lebanese Shiite groups Hezbollah and Amal and the Christian Marada movement take part in a protest against Tarek Bitar, the lead judge of the port blast investigation, near the Justice Palace in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 14.  (Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

Lebanese Shi’ite parties Hezbollah and Amal said armed groups had fired at protesters from rooftops in Beirut on Thursday, aiming at their heads in an attack they said aimed to drag the country into strife.

In a statement, the parties called on the army to intervene quickly to detain the perpetrators and called on their supporters to remain calm.

A Lebanese army source told Reuters that at least two people were killed and seven wounded in the shooting.

A military source placed the total death toll at four, including a woman who died in her house from a bullet wound, a military source said.