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    Massive Explosion Hits Beirut's Port, Leaving Dozens Dead and Thousands Injured (79)

    Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Beirut during the mass riots over a massive fertilizer explosion, which has been blamed on corruption. The gathering demanded reforms and a resignation of the government. The riot led to hundreds suffering injuries, including 100 security officers.

    Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday announced the resignation of the government in the aftermath of the devastating August 4 Beirut port explosion.

    The announcement comes after a number of high-profile resignations from the cabinet and parliament as citizens’ anger seethed over the Beirut port explosion.

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    • 19:05

      Lebanese Army Clear Central Beirut of Protesters Attempting to Storm Parliament Building

      BEIRUT (Sputnik) - The Lebanese military on Monday drove out all the protesters from the central squares and streets adjacent to the parliament in Beirut, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

      Demonstrators gathered in Beirut’s downtown area attempting to break heavy barricades in the roads and alleyways leading up to the parliament building.

      Around the same time as Prime Minister Hassan Diab was announcing the government’s resignation, the gathering quickly turned into skirmishes, with protesters pelting stones and firecrackers and law and law enforcement replying with tear gas.

      Additional military reinforcement was needed to drive out the protesters from the central Martyr’s Square.

    • 19:01

      France Urges 'Rapid Formation' of New Lebanese Gov't, Foreign Minister Le Drian Says

    • 18:23

      UN: Beirut Blast Underscores Urgency of Resolving Threat Posed by Yemeni Oil Tanker

      The deadly explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut highlights the need to urgently act on the oil-laden tanker abandoned off the Yemeni coast, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a press briefing on Monday.

      “The tragedy that we saw in Beirut last week clearly underscores the urgency of resolving the ongoing threat posed by the Safer oil tanker, which is anchored off the coast of Yemen,” Dujarric said. “A major spill will be catastrophic for the environment, and would destroy livelihoods of coastal communities in Yemen.”

      The decaying tanker, which is loaded with 1 million barrels of crude oil, has not seen any adequate maintenance since 2015. After seawater entered the engine compartment of the vessel in May, a temporary fix was applied.

      However, the spokesman said, the damage could potentially destabilize the entire tanker and release all of the oil into the Red Sea.

      The spill would directly impact as many as 1.6 million people, causing catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects to the area around the port of Al-Hudaydah, which is vital for millions of Yemenis who depend on humanitarian aid and commercial imports, according to the United Nations.

    • 17:45

      WATCH: Riots Near Lebanese Parliament Building Following Government Resignation

    • 17:22

      Clashes Between Police, Protesters Resume in Downtown Beirut

      Demonstrators in central Beirut started to throw stones and firecrackers at the police officers, who responded with tear gas as anti-government protests entered the third day in a row, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the scene.

      Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of his government over the deadly August 4 Beirut blast which sparked the public outcry.

      Several ministers have already announced their resignations prior to Diab’s announcement.

    • 17:21

      WATCH LIVE: Protests in Beirut

      Lebanese protesters, enraged by a deadly explosion blamed on government negligence, clash with security forces for the second evening near an access street to the parliament in central Beirut on August 9, 2020.

      Anti-Government Protests Continue in Beirut as Fury Over Deadly Blast Grows

      Earlier in the day, Lebanese Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm announced her resignation following the deadly explosion at Beirut's port on 4 August, which killed at least 158 people and left thousands more injured and homeless.
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    • 17:20

      Lebanese Prime Minister Announces Resignation of Government

      Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Screenshot from Lebanese television.

      Lebanese Prime Minister Diab Formally Announces Resignation of Government

      The announcement comes following the August 4 ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut's port, which sparked large-scale protests and clashes in the Lebanese capital, and led to calls by protesters for the government to resign.
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