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Conflict Incident Report

Al Jadeed TV studio van goes up in flames

Date of incident: 
May 11, 2017
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Lebanese Civilians

An Al-Jadeed live coverage van went up in flames at their headquarters in Beirut, a source told The Daily Star.

At 3:15 a.m.  morning security employees at the studio in the Wata Msaitbeh neighborhood heard an explosion-like sound, and upon going outside, found one of their live coverage vans engulfed in flames. The fire was later extinguished.

The truck was located in the parking lot behind the building’s entrance, which is surrounded by security cameras.

The Internal Security Forces are currently investigating the nature of the fire, and have asked Al-Jadeed to review their cameras for any suspicious activity.

Police are attempting to find out whether the fire erupted due to a mechanical issue with the truck or was ignited from external interference, which is what Al-Jadeed believe happened.

The local TV station said that two unidentified men had broken into their headquarters and set fire to the van.

The channel’s lawyer said that the station has been exposed to four attacks over the past six months, asking the government to take action, the source added.

On Feb. 14, scores of angry demonstrators carrying the flags of the Amal Movement attempted to storm the Al-Jadeed headquarters in protest of a skit which they believed had insulted Imam Musa Sadr.

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Individual acts of violence
Violent incidents which do not have a specific or a known political agenda but are caused by the general proliferation of weapons, of trained and untrained soldiers or militants, by the general inefficiency of the Justice system, and past-traditions and histories of violence within society.