October 29, 2019 / 12:37 PM / 7 months ago

Men attack protest camp in central Beirut: Reuters witness

Police intervene after supporters of the Lebanese Shi'ite groups Hezbollah and Amal fought with protesters at a roadblock on a main road in Beirut, during ongoing anti-government protest,Lebanon October 29, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Men in black shirts attacked protesters in central Beirut on Tuesday, destroying their camp in the square as some people ran shouting for help from security forces, according to a Reuters witness.

The men were believed to be supporters of the Lebanese groups Hezbollah and Amal.

Earlier, supporters of the two Shi’ite movements fought with protesters at a roadblock and in another part of central Beirut, leading police to step in, Reuters witnesses said.

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Samia Nakhoul

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