Lebanon denounces celebratory Hezbollah gunfire – says it’s dangerous

Hezbollah supporters shout slogans during a speech by the group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah on January 30, 2015 in Beirut (Photo credit: Joseph Eid/AFP)

Lebanese politicians spoke out Saturday against the volume of celebratory gunfire during a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and seeking prosecutions of those responsible for firing bullets wildly into the Beirut air.

It is common in Lebanon for supporters of political groups to celebrate with gunfire whenever their leaders give speeches.

On Friday afternoon the capital, Beirut, experienced particularly intense gunfire before and during a speech by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah. He spoke two days after his group killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded seven in a surprise attack along the Israeli border.

No casualties were reported, but top politicians called Saturday for a security crackdown.

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said state prosecutors should identify and charge Hezbollah supporters who opened fire. “The streets of Beirut were turned yesterday afternoon to fields of fear,” said former Prime Minister Fuad Saniora…

Nanny state comes to the Middle East?  At least by their standards?