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Journalists and Photographers Injured in the Downtown Beirut Clashes

Saturday , 18 January 2020

On January 18, 2020, several journalists and photographers were injured while covering the clashes between the protesters and the security forces in downtown Beirut. An-Nahar photographer Marwan Assaf suffered suffocation after inhaling teargas fired at protesters by the security forces; he was then taken to the Saint George Hospital. Also, LBCI team members were injured after being hit by firecrackers, while security forces threw stones at Al-Jadeed crew members and several other journalists next to the Azarieh parking lot. Moreover, army officers prevented MTV correspondent Raneen Idriss from covering an attack against a protester. They insulted both her and the channel’s photographer.
Al-Jadeed photographer Ali Khalifeh was injured in the face, so were LBCI cameraman Pierre Yousser and AFP photographer Anwar Amro in the stone-throwing between protesters and the security forces.

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