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Press TV staff in altercation in Beirut
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:31PM
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Hariri supporters take to the streets in Beirut, January 25, 2011.
A team of reporters from Press TV has been insulted by an angry mob of supporters of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.


The incident occurred on Tuesday as the team was relaying a report to the network's main office in Tehran.

The Press TV team was reporting on the riots by Hariri supporters in Beirut.

The altercation came to an end after the Lebanese army intervened.

The rioters, who have blocked roads and burned tires in several Lebanese cities, also attacked a vehicle belonging to the Qatari-based al-Jazeera network. They destroyed the vehicle before setting it ablaze.

The political crisis began after Hariri's government collapsed due to the resignation of 11 opposition ministers over Hariri's stance toward the US-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is investigating the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, which occurred in 2005.

The move was prompted by the Hariri administration's inaction toward the controversial tribunal, despite reports that it planned to issue indictments against members of Hezbollah.

On Tuesday, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman appointed opposition candidate Najib Mikati as the country's new prime minister after he won a majority of votes in parliament in a confirmation procedure.

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