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Lebanon: Anti-govt. protesters throw papers from Beirut Economy Ministry building03:29

Lebanon: Anti-govt. protesters throw papers from Beirut Economy Ministry building

Lebanon, Beirut
August 8, 2020 at 17:20 GMT -00:00 · Published

Dozens of anti-government protesters were filmed throwing papers out of Lebanon's economy ministry building's window on Saturday, as tear gas continued to fly.

Smoke cloaked Martyrs' Square as thousands gathered in the city centre to protest against the government over the deadly explosions that tore through Lebanon's capital on Tuesday.

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.

On Tuesday afternoon, the two powerful explosions rocked Beirut's port area, resulting in the deaths of at least 157 people and injuring more than 6,000, according to reports. Both figures are expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue.

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: Anti-govt. protesters throw papers from Beirut Economy Ministry building03:29
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Dozens of anti-government protesters were filmed throwing papers out of Lebanon's economy ministry building's window on Saturday, as tear gas continued to fly.

Smoke cloaked Martyrs' Square as thousands gathered in the city centre to protest against the government over the deadly explosions that tore through Lebanon's capital on Tuesday.

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.

On Tuesday afternoon, the two powerful explosions rocked Beirut's port area, resulting in the deaths of at least 157 people and injuring more than 6,000, according to reports. Both figures are expected to rise as search and rescue efforts continue.

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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