Sunday, 3 February 2008

Army behind Beirut shootings

Press TV reports:

A Lebanese judge has ordered the arrest of three army officers and eight soldiers in the killing of Shia protesters in Beirut last week.

Authorities had listened to 85 civilian witness statements and questioned 120 military personnel, said a statement issued by Judge Jean Fahd on Saturday.

"The investigation is still continuing with a large number of civilian witnesses and a number of soldiers," it added.

Lebanese troops had opened fire to break up an opposition protest over power cuts after the demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads in a mainly Shia Muslim suburb of Beirut last Sunday.

Seven supporters of Hezbollah and an ally from Amal were killed and some 30 protesters were also wounded in the violence, the worst clash in Beirut since a year ago.

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