Following tension between protesters blocking a road in Khalde and the army, a military officer shot a man, Alaa Abu Fakhr, in the head. Abu Fakhr succumbed to his wounds in the hospital later that evening. An Army statement was issued saying it had begun investigations into the shooting.
During an interview, President Michel Aoun reiterated his warnings that protests in the streets would lead to economic collapse. He also assured viewers that a solution appeasing to both Hezbollah’s participation in government and American wishes existed. He continued to say that “if they [the protesters] can’t find a single decent person in the government, then let them leave emigrate.”
President Aoun’s “let them emigrate” response pushed protesters to flood the streets and block roads with burning tires across Beirut, Tripoli, Akkar, Jal el Dib, Sidon, and other areas.
Due to general strikes across schools and banks, Student-led marches continued in Beirut’s Riad al Solh and the Ministry of Education, as well as Nabatieh, Bint Jbeil, Baalbek and more. Medical professionals also marched near the American University of Beirut.
An official of France’s foreign ministry arrived in Lebanon to meet with political figures and discuss the current situation in the country. Members of civil society groups were invited but declined the invitations in an effort to reject foreign interference in Lebanese affairs.