The United States urged an easing of tensions in Lebanon following the deadly violence that sparked fears in Beirut on Thursday.
“We join Lebanese authorities in their call for calm, their calls for a de-escalation of tensions,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
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“The future of Lebanon’s democracy depends on the ability of its citizens to address the difficult issues with confidence in the rule of law,” Price added.
At least six people were killed after shots were fired at a demonstration by the Shiite Muslim movements Hezbollah and Amal.
On their part, Hezbollah and Amal blamed their foe the Lebanese Forces, a Christian party in the religiously divided nation.
The spokesman said: “Judges must be free from violence. They must be free of threats. They must be free of intimidation, including that of Hezbollah.”
In the same vein, President Michel Aoun revealed that he is following the escalated clashes with the Minister of Defence, the Minister of Interior Affairs, and the army’s senior leaders.