The KFC restaurant was torched during a 300-strong protest against an anti-Islam film, in which one person died and 25 were wounded. The arsonists then tried to attack the local governorate headquarters. Police, the military and armored vehicles are deployed in force today around all potential targets, including the French embassy in Beirut and French schools throughout the country, in an attempt to prevent incidents after Friday prayers.
This follows on widespread protests triggered by the anti-Islam film and by satirical Prophet Mohamed cartoons published by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Pro-Iran Shiite group Hezbollah has called for a demonstration after collective midday prayers in Baalbek, in the Bekaa Valley, and Sunni Sheikh Ahmad al-Asir called for a protest meeting in Beirut city center, far from any embassies.