Army Says Country Went through ‘Dangerous Ordeal’

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Shiite Hezbollah and Amal Movement groups stand in front of Lebanese army, foreground, as they shout slogans against anti-government protesters, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Hundreds of Lebanese demonstrators gathered in central Beirut Saturday, hoping to reboot nationwide anti-government protests that began late last year amid an unprecedented economic and financial crisis. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

The Army Command on Sunday described Saturday’s unrest as a “dangerous ordeal” and vowed that it will not be lenient with any security violator.

In a statement, the Command said that 25 soldiers were injured Saturday by flying rocks and large firecrackers, among them one with a serious eye injury.

Army units also arrested “a Syrian, a Palestinian and two Sudanese for carrying out acts of rioting and vandalization during yesterday’s protests,” the Command added.

Commenting on the sectarian unrest in central Beirut, Shiyyah-Ain el-Rummaneh and Corniche al-Mazraa, the military said the country has crossed a “dangerous ordeal.”

“What happened was about to destroy national unity, tear apart civil peace and fuel divisions,” it warned.

“The Command warns against being dragged into strife and stresses the need to behave with responsibility, awareness and wisdom to preserve civil peace and protect national unity,” it added.

Source Naharnet

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