Seven people died and dozens were wounded when violence erupted Thursday following a rally by Shia Muslim protesters demanding the dismissal of the judge investigating last year's devastating Beirut port blast.
For many residents of Beirut, Thursday's street battle reveals how far Lebanese armed groups can go to save some influential people who are being probed for last year's devastating port explosion.
Iran-backed Hezbollah has accused the United States of meddling in the probe into last year’s Beirut port blast which killed more than 200 people.
Lebanon's army said that security forces raided a fuel station in the town of Arsal near the Syrian border and seized ammonium nitrate, stored in sacks, that had a nitrogen content of 26 percent.
On the one year anniversary of the event in August this year, Hezbollah’s leader called the investigation ‘politicised’.
Najib Mikati says he is not worried about possible US sanctions "because the operation was carried out without the involvement of the Lebanese government."
Convoy of tanker trucks carrying Iranian fuel crosses border from Syria into Lebanon, a delivery organised by Hezbollah group to ease crippling fuel shortages in the Arab country.
Lebanese leaders are wary of relying on Tehran to meet country's energy needs but have no other option.
But the militant group's opponents have warned that the move can invite US sanctions on a country that's already reeling under an economic crisis.
The group wanted to show any Israeli air strike would be responded to in "the appropriate and proportional way," says leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah.
Incident marks third day of cross-border salvoes amid wider regional tensions with Iran but was the first time Hezbollah claimed a direct rocket attack on Israeli territory since 2019.
Israel’s first strikes since 2014 come in response to three rockets fired from Lebanon a day earlier, two of which struck near the northern town of Kiryat Shmona.
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