US embassy in Lebanon shelled with gunfire | World news

An attacker opened fire on the US embassy in Lebanon early on Wednesday and was wounded before being arrested, the Lebanese army said. According to the embassy, ​​a guard was injured in the attack.

The embassy did not say how the guard was injured or how seriously. The company had previously said all its staff were safe.

Lebanese security forces and the embassy’s security team responded to “firearms fire” near the entrance of the fortified complex, which overlooks the Lebanese capital Beirut, the embassy said in a statement.

The Lebanese army said in a statement that a Syrian opened fire and that soldiers deployed in response to the gunfire wounded the attacker, who was treated in a hospital. A Lebanese security official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said the army had completed a search of the area around the embassy and that initial information suggested the gunman had acted alone.

Local news media reported, based on witnesses, that a gun battle took place for almost half an hour before the attacker was shot and detained. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati said the situation was stable.

The embassy was also targeted in September, when a gunman fired into the compound. No one was injured in that episode and a suspect was arrested.

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In October, demonstrators protesting after a deadly explosion at Al-Ahli Hospital in the Gaza Strip clashed with security forces as they tried to reach the embassy.

The embassy moved from central Beirut to the northern suburb of Awkar after a suicide bombing that killed 63 people in 1983. US officials blamed the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, which is now embroiled in cross-border clashes with Israelis. forces.