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    The protests are taking place in the aftermath of a huge blast at Beirut's port on Tuesday, which has killed at least 158 people and left some 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. 

    Demonstrations resumed in the Lebanese capital earlier in the day, with protesters demanding the resignation of the government and social reforms. Protests have already been marred by violence, with demonstrators throwing projectiles and police firing tear gas.

    The number of people injured in ongoing clashes between police and protesters in central Beirut has climbed to 490, according to local media reports.

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    • 02:45

      Over 700 Injured in Clashes Between Protesters and Security Officers in Beirut, Al-Jazeera Reports

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - The number of those injured in Saturday's clashes between protesters and security forces in Beirut has risen to 728, according to Al Jazeera.

      Earlier, Lebanon's Al-Manar channel reported, citing the emergency medical services, about 490 injured people. 

    • 23:34

      Lebanese Army Expels Protesters From Buildings of Economy, Energy Ministries - Reports

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - The Lebanese army has expelled protesters from the buildings of the economy and energy ministries that were occupied during Saturday's unrest in Beirut, al-Arabiya al-Hadath reported.

      Afterward, calm has finally returned to the streets of the Lebanese capital, according to the channel.

    • 23:28

      Over 70 Security Officers Injured, 1 Dead in Beirut Unrest - Officials

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - Over 70 law enforcement officers were injured and one died during Saturday's unrest in Beirut, according to Lebanon’s General Security Directorate.

      "While carrying out the task to maintain security and order at demonstrations in central Beirut on 8 August, which escalated into riots, 1st Sgt. Tawfiq al-Douayhi was martyred and more than 70 members of the security forces sustained injuries", the directorate said.

    • 22:04

      Videos Show Lebanese Military Trying to Restore Order in Protest-Hit Beirut

      Riot police officers block a street during clashes with protesters demanding the resignation of the government and social reforms, in central Beirut, Lebanon.

      Videos Show Military Trying to Maintain Order in Beirut Amid Anti-Govt Protests

      Anti-government protests resumed in the Lebanese capital on Saturday, with demonstrators demanding the resignation of the government and social reforms. Hundreds have reportedly been injured in the clashes.
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    • 21:51

      Number of Those Injured in Beirut Unrest Rises to 490 - Reports

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - The number of those injured in Saturday's clashes between protesters and security forces in Beirut has climbed to 490, Lebanon's Al-Manar channel reported, citing the emergency medical services.

      Previously, the Lebanese Red Cross reported about 238 injured people.

    • 19:38

      Lebanese Military Deploys More Forces to Central Beirut, Takes Situation Under Control

      BEIRUT (Sputnik) - The Lebanese Armed Forces are pulling additional units to downtown Beirut and are taking the situation under control amid ongoing anti-government protests, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene on Saturday.

      According to the correspondent, the military is deploying more forces to the central parts of the city and surrounding areas.

      Meanwhile, the Lebanese MTV channel reported that the military personnel also arrived at the building of the Energy Ministry after protesters tried to storm it.

    • 19:23

      Fire Erupts at Lebanese Banking Association in Beirut - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A fire erupted on Saturday inside the headquarters of the Lebanese Banks Association after protesters broke into the building amid chaos across Beirut, media said.

      The blaze was reported by a Lebanese television channel MTV. Dozens of demonstrators have reportedly stormed the building and trashed offices.

    • 18:55

      Lebanese Army Expels Protesters From Foreign Ministry, Reports Says

      BEIRUЕ (Sputnik) - The Lebanese Armed Forces managed to free the Foreign Ministry building from protesters and did not face resistance, a security source told Sputnik on Saturday.

      Earlier in the day, anti-government demonstrators occupied the building and tried to storm several other state institutions of the country.

      "The Lebanese military liberated the country's foreign ministry building from protesters without encountering resistance", the source said.

    • 18:28

      US Embassy in Beirut Says Washington Supports Lebanese People's Right to Peaceful Protest

    • 18:23

      Over 230 People Injured in Ongoing Clashes in Beirut, Lebanese Red Cross Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people injured in ongoing clashes between police and protesters in central Beirut increased to 238, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Saturday.

      Earlier in the day, the red cross said that 172 people were injured.

    • 18:21
    • 18:11

      Videos of Violent Clashes Between Protesters and Police Continue to Emerge Online

    • 17:49

      Beirut Protesters Storm Energy Ministry Building

    • 17:37

      EU Council Chief Calls for Independent Probe Into Beirut Blast

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - European Council President Charles Michel urged Lebanon on Saturday to allow an independent probe to be conducted into the deadly blast that devastated the Beirut port.

      "He called for an independent enquiry to shed light on the causes of this catastrophe and offered European expertise," his office said in a press release.

      The EU leader travelled to the Lebanese capital on Saturday to "witness the scale" of Tuesday's blast, which killed almost 160 people, injured 5,000 others and left 300,000 homeless.

      Michel said the European Union stood by the people of Lebanon and promised its urgent assistance. Nearly $39 million has been mobilized for emergency needs and more than 250 rescuers from EU countries are working on the ground.

    • 17:34

      Protesters Reportedly Storm Lebanon's Banks Association Headquarters

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Anti-government protesters in Beirut are storming the building of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, the Al-Jadeed TV channel reported on Saturday.

      Earlier in the day, a Sputnik correspondent reported that protesters have occupied the building of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, while Al-Jadeed said that the military has sent its personnel to the building following the takeover.

    • 17:26

      Over 170 People Injured in Ongoing Clashes in Beirut, Lebanese Red Cross Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people injured in ongoing clashes between police and protesters in central Beirut has risen to 172, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Saturday.

      Protests resumed in the Lebanese capital earlier in the day, with protesters demanding the resignation of the government and social reforms. Protests have already been marred by violence, with demonstrators throwing projectiles and police firing tear gas. Over a dozen ambulances had arrived to treat those injured.

    • 17:15

      Protesters Are Storming the Ministry of Finance Building, Reports Say

    • 17:13

      Police Confirm One Officer Killed in Clashes With Anti-Government Protesters

    • 17:08

      Law Enforcement Officers Have Been Deployed to the Scene of Mass Anti-Government Protests in Beirut

    • 16:58

      Fire Erupts in Beirut Square Amid Anti-Government Protests, Reports Say

      A fire broke out in a truck in the main square in central Beirut, Reuters reported, citing eyewitnesses. 

    • 16:48

      Lebanese PM Says Only Way Out of Crisis Is Early Parliamentary Elections

      Prime Minister of Lebanon, Hassan Diab, said that the only way out of the country's deep crisis is early parliamentary elections.

      He also said that an investigation into the Beirut port blast will expand until it gets to everyone involved in the deadly explosion. 

      The main reason behind the recent explosion in the Beirut port was corruption, Diab said.

      "The explosion that shook the port was due to corruption," Diab said during a public address, as broadcast by the AL-Mayadeen broadcaster.

       

    • 16:45

      Lebanese Parliament's Security Guards Refute Reports About Shooting During Protests in Beirut

      Security officers guarding the Lebanese parliament building have refuted media reports that live rounds have been used during the protests in central Beirut, LBCI News said. 

    • 16:43

      One Security Officer Reportedly Killed During Clashes With Demonstrators in Beirut

      At least one security officer has been killed during clashes with protesters in central Beirut on Saturday, MTV channel reported.

    • 16:36

      Protesters are Reportedly Storming the Ministry of Economy and Trade Building in Beirut

    • 16:22

      Video Emerges Online Showing Smoke Rising From Behind Le Gray Hotel Building

    • 16:20

      Lebanese Soldiers Enter Foreign Ministry Building After Takeover by Protesters, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Lebanese army has sent in its personnel after protesters took over the Foreign Ministry building in Beirut, the Lebanese Al-Jadeed channel reported Saturday.

      Earlier in the day, protesters stormed into the building of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut and unfurled banners with protest slogans.

    • 16:19

      Protesters Storm Into Lebanese Foreign Ministry Building

      BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Protesters have occupied the building of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry in Beirut, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday from the scene.

      The crowd took over a section of the building and unfurled banners reading "Beirut is a demilitarized city" and "the capital of the revolution."

      The Foreign Ministry's building was heavily damaged in the recent port warehouse blast.

    • 16:09

      Shooting Reportedly Heard at Scene of Protests in Beirut

      The shooting was heard at the scene of anti-government protests in central Beirut on Saturday, Reuters reported, citing local police.

    • 16:00

      Tear Gas Has Been Used to Disperse Crowds, Witnesses Say

    • 15:54

      Lebanese Red Cross Offers Updates on Number of Injured During Clashes

    • 15:52

      First Videos of Protests Have Been Shared Online

    • 15:50

      Protesters Clash With Police in Beirut

      A Lebanese policeman hits a demonstrator during clashes in downtown Beirut on August 8, 2020, following a demonstration against a political leadership they blame for a monster explosion that killed more than 150 people and disfigured the capital Beirut.

      Protesters Urge Lebanese Government to Resign Following Beirut Port Explosion - Video

      The death toll from Tuesday's explosions at Beirut's port has risen to 158 and over 6,000 have been injured, local media said on Saturday, citing the Lebanese Health Ministry.
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