Beirut back to normal after morning crowds

The situation in the streets of Beirut was restored to normal after crowds gathered in some neighborhoods of the capital on Tuesday morning.

The National News Agency (NNA) reported that crowds gathered around 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday in some Beirut neighborhoods, including Tayyouneh, Ras al-Nabeh, Zqaq al-Blat, Bechara al-Khoury, and reached the Beirut airport road.

“The Lebanese army and relevant security forces deployed in the areas where there were gatherings.”

The NNA also said that the reports of March 8 supporters’ mobilization scared citizens, adding that certain schools in Qoreitem, southern Dahiyeh and Ras Beirut were closed as result of the gatherings.

Education Minister Hassan Mneimneh said on Tuesday that schools are “continuing in their normal operation” and reassured citizens that “there is nothing preventing [normal] educational life despite the crowds of youth that [citizens] witnessed for a short period in the streets this morning.”

This comes after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Monday announced that its prosecutor, Daniel Bellemare, submitted the draft indictment for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri to STL Pre-Trial Judge Daniel Fransen.

Lebanon’s unity government collapsed Wednesday after Hezbollah and its allies pulled their 10 ministers from cabinet and one minister close to President Michel Sleiman announced his withdrawal, providing the necessary number of resignations for the government to fall.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri is now heading a caretaker government pending the outcome of consultations due to start next Monday between Sleiman and parliamentarians on the appointment of a new premier.



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