BEIRUT: Families of soldiers killed during the 2013 Sidon clashes slammed the country’s politicians Sunday for protecting suspects accused of attacking the military, and demanded death sentences against those accused of killing troops.

The large protest staged in Martyrs’ Square in Downtown Beirut was attended by the families of martyred soldiers and their supporters, who carried Lebanese Army flags in a sign of solidarity with the institution.

Mothers of martyred soldiers took to the podium to express their dismay with politicians and the judiciary for their lax treatment of suspects accused of terrorist operations against Lebanese soldiers.