BEIRUT – Clashes broke out between anti-government demonstrators and supporters of the Shi’ite movements Hezbollah and Amal in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, early on Monday, live footage on Lebanese television channels showed, as tensions escalated when demonstrators blocked a main bridge downtown.
Protesters initially began to scuffle and their numbers quickly rose, footage on social media showed.
The Hezbollah and Amal supporters were heard chanting Allah and Nasrallah and all the Dhahiya Shiaa, Shiaa.
Nasrallah is the Hezbollah chief and the Dhahiya is a souther Beirut stronghold of Hezbollah
Army soldiers and riot police formed a barrier between the dozens of protesters on opposite sides of the Ring bridge as they threw rocks at each other across the street.
This incident is similar to the October 29th attack which resulted in the resignation of PM Saad Hariri