An altercation between partisans and people of Zahleh, and representatives of political parties in the polling center at Houch Al Omara Secondary School led to pausing the electoral process for some time.
The altercation then escalated and was taken to the streets. Interestingly enough, a priest participated in the action.
A video documented him in his clerical robe fervently throwing rocks at the opposing partisans and then telling the crowd about how important it is to live in dignity, which earned him a round of applause.
The altercation that took place in Haoch Al Omara occurred between Lebanese forces partisans and Hezbollah partisans.
An eyewitness at the scene explained the voters first noted a Hezbollah partisan arriving at the polling station with a gun slung to his waist. The eyewitness considered this to be a lax treatment on behalf of the security forces deployed at the stations.
The altercation then ensued after the partisans started chanting “shia, shia”.
According to a 961News source, “A Hezbollah partisan showed up with around 30/40 other individuals, and they started provoking the other voters present.”
The source also confirmed that the Hezbollah partisans were the ones that initiated throwing the rocks seen in the priest’s video.
He said that the locals of opposing partisans then picked up the rocks that have been thrown at them and started throwing them back.
In the video provided by our source, you can see the initial phase of the altercation.