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?

  • Dana Garcia

    Objecting to celebratory gunfire is nannyish?

    What goes up comes down, even on the unarmed. It’s been a killer problem for years in Los Angeles, with drunk and/or diverse persons causing the deaths of dozens of people. Police remind holiday celebrants to leave their guns in the house.


    • Frau Katze

      I agree that it’s dangerous, so perhaps showing greater concern about the value of life is a positive thing, given how violent part of the world is.

  • David Murrell

    Not explicitly mentioned in the posted article, but when 85-IQ Islamic hoods shoot off their rifles in the air, the bullets come back down, and can kill someone, simply from dropping down at low velocity. The hoods are too stupid to mentally understand that fact, and they do it anyways just to look and act “manly”.

    A side issue to this: the Lebanese government (which mentally understand the above) have some sense of law and order. Hezbollah, as a fascist organization, do not. They are the brown shirts in that sad, threatened country.

    • Frau Katze

      I’m not defending it (either the gunfire or Hezbollah), just noticing it.