Gunman Attacks US Embassy In Lebanon

The Lebanese army thwarted an attack by a gunman on the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon on Wednesday morning in Beirut.

The attack took place as tensions simmered in the tiny Mediterranean country, where months of fighting between Hezbollah militants and Israeli troops has displaced thousands along the border.

Local media reported that there was a gunfight involving at least one attacker and lasting almost half an hour at the U.S. diplomatic mission.

In a post on X, the Lebanese army said members wounded a Syrian national, who was arrested and taken to the hospital for treatment. Prior reporting had indicated that a gunman was killed, and that four gunmen in total were involved. A Lebanese security official and two judicial officials familiar with the case later told The Associated Press that it appeared to be the work of one gunman.

Lebanon’s state-sponsored National News Agency later reported that the State Security Directorate, in collaboration with the Directorate of the Army Intelligence, also arrested the brother of the shooting suspect accused of attacking the U.S. embassy during a swift operation in the village of Majdal Anjar.

The U.S. Embassy, located in the suburb of Aukar, north of Beirut, said “small arms fire” was reported in the vicinity of its entrance around 8:34 a.m. local time, but that its facility and team were safe.

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