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Tensions Flare as Lebanese Armenians Protest Azerbaijani Offensive at Embassy

In a charged demonstration of hundreds of Lebanese Armenians on Thursday, protestors clashed with riot police outside the Azerbaijan Embassy in northern Beirut, vehemently protesting the Azerbaijani military's recent offensive of Nagorno -Karabakh which resulted in mass exodus of ethnic Armenians living in Artsakh and dissolution of the region.  

Lebanese-Armenian protestors hold flares with colors of Armenia's flag. Photo Credit: AP News
Lebanese-Armenian protestors gather near Azerbaijan Embassy. Photo Credit: AP News.

Displaying flags of Armenia and Artsakh, the protesters voiced their grievances, burning posters depicting Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the Ein Aar suburb of Lebanon's capital.

Lebanese-Armenian man holding an Artsakh flag outside of Azerbaijian embassy in Beirut. Photo Credit AP News.

However, the protest took a violent turn when Lebanese riot police responded with tear gas canisters, countering the crowd after some individuals hurled firecrackers towards the embassy building.

Policeman sprays Lebanese-Armenian protestors. Photo Credit: AP News.
Lebanese-Armenian woman reacts to tear gas. Photo Credit: AP News.

This clash underscores the deep-seated emotions and tensions surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, amplified within Lebanon due to the ongoing economic crisis. Lebanon is home to a significant Armenian community, numbering around 150,000. This group constitutes one of the largest Armenian diaspora communities globally, outside of Armenia itself.

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