LONDON: Lebanonâs President Michel Aoun vowed that those responsible for the violence that erupted on Thursday in Beirut will be held accountable.
Speaking during a televised speech after the shootings that left six dead and dozens injured, Aoun said it was âunacceptable that weapons are once more the means of communication among Lebanese rivals.â
He added that the violence will be subject to a security and judicial follow up and that he will not allow Thursdayâs violence to happen again under any circumstances.
The president described the events that took place in Beirut as âunacceptableâ and said he would not âallow anyone to take Lebanon hostage to their own interests.â
Lebanonâs prime minister, meanwhile, announced on Twitter that Friday would be a day of public mourning for the lives of those killed in on Thursday.
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Najib Mikati also apologized to the Lebanese people and told Annahar newspaper that he had been informed by the army that the security situation in the capital had improved on Thursday evening.
He added that the government was committed to holding elections according to constitutional dates, although todayâs violence was âdiscouraging.â
Mikati also told Annahar newspaper that the government will remain in power and calmly handle the investigation into the Beirut Port blast.