Lebanese security forces have confirmed that 175 of their troops were injured in protests this Saturday in the capital, Beirut, against the government’s negligence and corruption following the large explosion that devastated much of the city on Tuesday.
There are around 105 soldiers and 70 members of the Internal Security Force (FSI), the Lebanese police, who, according to a statement by the army collected by the newspaper ‘L’Orient du Jour’, were “attacked with stones, fireworks and Molotov cocktails” .
“Several rioters and people who attacked public and private assets and, in particular, various ministries,” the army denounced.
To the wounded we have to add a deceased, an ISF agent who died at the Le Gray hotel in the city center. Police are investigating whether he was thrown into the elevator shaft, as some witnesses alleged. According to the security forces, 20 people were arrested, “13 of whom had used drugs”.
The demonstration resulted in an additional total of more than 700 people injured.