Shooting outside US embassy in Lebanon, gunman arrested

A Syrian man was arrested on Wednesday after a shooting incident near the US embassy in Beirut, the Lebanese army said. The shooting took place in the northern suburb of Awkar, with the Lebanese army responding quickly to the situation.

According to the army statement, the person responsible for the gunfire, identified as a Syrian national, was injured and subsequently detained. He was then transported to a hospital for further treatment while authorities launched an investigation into the incident.

The US Embassy acknowledged the incident, saying that small arms fire was reported at the entrance to the high-security mission at 8:34 a.m. local time. They praised the quick response of the Lebanese army, security forces and the embassy security team for ensuring the safety of the facility and its staff. The embassy confirmed ongoing investigations and emphasized their close cooperation with local law enforcement authorities.

Previously, a similar incident took place in September last year when a gunman attacked the US embassy. Lebanese police suggested the motive behind the attack was revenge, with the gunman allegedly feeling humiliated by security personnel. Notably, this shooting occurred on the anniversary of a 1984 car bombing outside the U.S. Embassy annex that was blamed on the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

The history of attacks on US diplomatic and military missions in Lebanon dates back to the 1975-1990 civil war, in which Islamic fundamentalists and various factions targeted US interests. The embassy’s move to Awkar followed a devastating suicide bombing in April 1983, which killed 63 people.

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