Officers went floor by floor looking for the gunman and reported just before 4pm that the shooter was dead inside the building. Police could be seen on the roof of the building, at one point, with their guns drawn.
Police were still trying to identify how many people had been shot.
BEIRUT — Lebanese authorities banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie Wednesday hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its lead actress, Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli army, a security official and activists said.
Cinemas in Beirut began removing the movie posters and cinema executives said the movie will not be shown because of the ban.
“The combination of a significant shortage in international funding for the refugee crisis and strict restrictions imposed on refugees by the Lebanese authorities, is fuelling a climate in which refugee women from Syria are at risk of harassment and exploitation and are unable to seek protection from the authorities,” said Kathryn Ramsay, Gender Researcher at Amnesty International.
Lebanese women are considered to have more rights and freedom compared to other women in the Arab World.
Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and the two countries have been through a number of wars.
A particularly devastating 2006 war battered Lebanon’s infrastructure and left hundreds of civilians killed.
The report, , highlights how the Lebanese government’s refusal to renew residency permits for refugees and a shortage of international funding, leaves refugee women in a precarious position, and puts them at risk of exploitation by people in positions of power including landlords, employers and even the police.
A premiere later Wednesday in Beirut was cancelled.
An executive at the Grand Cinema chain said the company was planning to show the movie in 16 out of its 18 theaters around the country, but it would now be removed.
Muslim women can legally marry Christian or Jewish men; for example a Lebanese Catholic man can marry a Muslim lady on the condition of getting their children baptised, otherwise, the couple may opt for civil marriage performed abroad, which can be registered at any Lebanese Embassy, thus giving it official recognition (this is a particularly popular option, with Cyprus usually acting as the destination of choice).
The family in Lebanon, as elsewhere in the Middle East region, assigns different roles to family members on the basis of gender.