Lebanon is observing a national day of mourning, one day after a pitched gun battle in Beirut left seven people dead and injured at least 32 others. Hezbollah blamed snipers with an armed Christian faction for firing on Shia marchers who were protesting an ongoing probe into last year’s deadly blast at the Port of Beirut. On Thursday evening, Lebanese President Michel Aoun promised to hold the attackers accountable.
President Michel Aoun: “Armed forces did their duty and will continue to do so and maintain security and stability and civil rest. We will not allow anyone to take the country hostage to their own interests.”