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Beirut protest erupts into violence: Live updates

Shattered glass and debris are seen after gunfire erupted at a site near a protest against Judge Tarek Bitar in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 14.
Shattered glass and debris are seen after gunfire erupted at a site near a protest against Judge Tarek Bitar in Beirut, Lebanon, on October 14. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Heavy gunfire erupted during a protest in Beirut calling for the removal of the judge overseeing the investigation into the deadly August 2020 port blast.

According to local broadcasters, hundreds of supporters of Iran-backed Hezbollah and its main Shia ally, Amal, were marching towards the Lebanese capital’s Palace of Justice when shots were fired from an unknown location, forcing demonstrators and journalists to take cover.

Local television also showed a masked protester firing a weapon from behind a street barrier, as well as black smoke rising from one of the nearby buildings.

Hezbollah has been a vocal opponent of Tariq Bitar, the popular judge overseeing the Beirut blast investigation.

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