Unarmed militants from the Iran- and Syria-backed militant organization took to the streets across various central sites across the capital, according to Lebanese media. The organization gave no advance notice of the simulation, the reports said.

Hezbollah supporters wearing black and clutching hand-held radios quietly gathered around Beirut, according to reports, an innocuous yet threatening display by the country’s most powerful armed force.

Many parents picked up their children from school as word spread of the gatherings, which were seen then as a response to the indictments released by an international tribunal over the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.The militants dispersed after a few hours.