France concerned about violence in Beirut, calls on Lebanon to prioritize reforms

Paris [France], Oct. 15 (ANI / Sputnik): France is concerned about a recent explosion of violence in Lebanon and calls on the parties to exercise restraint and focus on the reforms needed to stem the current crisis in the country, said on Friday the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“France expresses its deep concern at the violence that occurred yesterday, which left many dead and injured in the context of recent obstacles to a proper investigation into the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020,” said a porter. -speak of the ministry.

The deadly explosion left nearly 300 dead, thousands injured and many buildings damaged near the port of Beirut. Authorities attribute the explosion to the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was seized by customs in 2014 and stored in a warehouse.

The French ministry urged all parties concerned to refrain from any provocation and to make reforms in Lebanon a priority to get the country out of the crisis, especially in the energy sector.

On Thursday, gunshots erupted during a demonstration organized by Hezbollah against a judge investigating the explosion in the port of Beirut. At least six people were killed and more than 30 injured. The armed forces arrested nine people in a manhunt for the perpetrators. (ANI / Sputnik)


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