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Lebanon: Thousands gather at Beirut port as bells ring out in honour of victims of explosions01:13

Lebanon: Thousands gather at Beirut port as bells ring out in honour of victims of explosions

Lebanon, Beirut
August 11, 2020 at 17:18 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of Beirutis gathered near the city's decimated port to honour victims of last week's explosions, just one day after several members of the Lebanese government officially stepped down.

The group stood in silence as church bells and a call to prayer sounded at 18:08 local time (15:08 GMT), the time when the explosions occurred last week, waving Lebanese flags in national unity.

While searches are still ongoing, most recent estimates place the number of fatalities from the blasts at 163 with more than 6,000 injuries.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of his government on Monday, after Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar had already said they would be leaving their posts, but the country's president, Michel Aoun, has asked the administration to stay on as a caretaker government.

Lebanon: Thousands gather at Beirut port as bells ring out in honour of victims of explosions01:13
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Thousands of Beirutis gathered near the city's decimated port to honour victims of last week's explosions, just one day after several members of the Lebanese government officially stepped down.

The group stood in silence as church bells and a call to prayer sounded at 18:08 local time (15:08 GMT), the time when the explosions occurred last week, waving Lebanese flags in national unity.

While searches are still ongoing, most recent estimates place the number of fatalities from the blasts at 163 with more than 6,000 injuries.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of his government on Monday, after Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar had already said they would be leaving their posts, but the country's president, Michel Aoun, has asked the administration to stay on as a caretaker government.

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