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Lebanon: Beirut breaks out into protest clashes as tear gas smoke fills streets02:00

Lebanon: Beirut breaks out into protest clashes as tear gas smoke fills streets

Lebanon, Beirut
August 8, 2020 at 14:46 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tear gas was fired at demonstrators in Beirut on Saturday as thousands gathered in the city centre to protest against the government over the deadly explosions that tore through Lebanon's capital on Tuesday.

People could be seen running from heavy smoke on Martyrs' Square and throwing canisters away. Some protesters appeared to be throwing objects at what is believed to be police.

According to local reports, security forces started using tear gas against the crowd when a group tried to break through the barrier leading to Lebanon's parliament.

A health minister in Lebanon reportedly said that over 150 people have been killed and around 6,000 injured in the explosions. At least 60 people are still missing.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. A two-week state of emergency has been enacted by the Lebanese government. According to local reports, 19 arrests have been made so far.

Lebanon: Beirut breaks out into protest clashes as tear gas smoke fills streets02:00
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Tear gas was fired at demonstrators in Beirut on Saturday as thousands gathered in the city centre to protest against the government over the deadly explosions that tore through Lebanon's capital on Tuesday.

People could be seen running from heavy smoke on Martyrs' Square and throwing canisters away. Some protesters appeared to be throwing objects at what is believed to be police.

According to local reports, security forces started using tear gas against the crowd when a group tried to break through the barrier leading to Lebanon's parliament.

A health minister in Lebanon reportedly said that over 150 people have been killed and around 6,000 injured in the explosions. At least 60 people are still missing.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. A two-week state of emergency has been enacted by the Lebanese government. According to local reports, 19 arrests have been made so far.

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