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Voice of America 13 Sep 2020

Soldiers Clash with Protesters at March for Justice Over Lebanon Port Blast

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The Lebanese army fired warning shots into the air and threw rocks at protesters during clashes that broke out as anti-government demonstrators marched toward the presidential palace in Baabda, just outside Beirut.

Hundreds of Lebanese marched Saturday on the presidential palace to denounce a lack of progress in a probe by authorities into a monster blast that ravaged swathes of the capital 40 days ago.

Some marchers carried black versions of the Lebanese flag in a sign of mourning for the more than 190 people who were killed in the August 4 explosion at the Beirut port, and others demanded the president resign.

Twenty-five suspects are in custody over the tragedy that occurred when nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer that had been left unattended in a port warehouse exploded.

The blast, which wounded thousands and destroyed homes and businesses across large parts of Beirut, was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever.

(AFP)


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