Anti-government protesters met by force after Beirut blast

by birtanpublished on August 16, 2020

There is no escaping the agony in beirut hospitals already inundated with victims of the explosion are now filling with protesters injured by the security forces firas hamden told me he was out on the streets last saturday

And whilst filming this facebook live was almost killed you can see the explosion in the center of the crowd a metal pellet from what it's thought was a grenade pierced his heart

I walked for two meters and i shut down as i collapsed on the earth and the other colleague i'll bring me to him i am glad to be alive it pierced all the chest walls the

Heart from side to side and it looked into the posterior posterior wall of the heart firas underwent emergency surgery and amazingly he'll make a full recovery dr karim neme who's been treating him

Says he's seen more than 50 patients wounded in the protests many of the injuries are too graphic to show all the injuries were on the upper upper part of the body

Face shots neck shots chest injuries all all of these could kill the patients could kill the protesters lebanon's anti-government protests erupted after the explosion at the port the human rights activists and doctors

Claimed the methods deployed here by the security services are in breach of international law rabby barakat bears the scars from the tear gas canister

It appeared to have been fired directly at his face he's come back to the place where it happened to tell us what he remembers and i had no idea whether this was live ammunition rubber

Bullet or um a tear gas bomb i would really like to know who uh gave the order to shoot these tear gas bombs straight

Straight to our heads and i would really like to to look him in the eye and tell him was this really necessary human rights watch observed these protests first

Hand it's conducted its own investigation the evidence is overwhelming security forces seem to have fired live ammunition at protesters they seem to have fired

Rubber bullets including a protesters faces which is prohibited by international law the lebanese authorities are denying they used excessive force or rubber bullets but in this country

Hollowed out by years of corruption where people have no faith in the government it's a response that's unlikely to be believed alex rossi sky news beirut

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