A brief overview of the recent developments in Lebanon:
- According to the Lebanese Ministry of Health, 158 people died and more than 6,000 were injured in the explosion at the port of Beirut;
- Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab vowed to hold early elections. He stated that corruption and mismanagement had led to the disaster in the port of Beirut and Lebanon was facing a catastrophe beyond its capabilities;
- A series of protests broke out in Beirut, during which government buildings, including the Ministry of Energy and Economy, were set on fire, and the Foreign Ministry building was seized by protesters;
- According to Lebanese sources, a security guard was shot dead by unidentified gunmen and 238 protesters were injured during the protests.
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