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Large Protests In Beirut: Residents Take To The Streets, Heavy Clashes With Security Forces Reported (Videos)

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After the recent port blast, thousands of Lebanese people took at the streets of the capital, Beirut, to protest against the political elite leading the country since 1991.

The blast, which rocked the city’s port on August, was reportedly result of rooting corruption and neglect. A large part of Beirut was damaged by the blast, which claimed the lives of more than 150 people and injured 6,000 others.

The protesters gathered at the capital’s heart, the Martyrs Square, where they hanged cardboard figures of Lebanese politicians, including the President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Lebanese security forces confronted the protesters in different parts of Beirut, firing tear gas grenades and rubber bullets at them.

The clashes led to an escalation, with the protesters storming a number of government buildings, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Environment, the Association of Banks and the Ministry of Energy and Water.

According to the Lebanese Red Cross, 238 people were injured in the clashes. At least 70 were hospitalized. Security forces also announced that one of its personnel was killed by “killer rioters.”

Large Protests In Beirut: Residents Take To The Streets, Heavy Clashes With Security Forces Reported (Videos)

Source: Twitter account Lebanese News & Updates

Beirut’s Fire Department refused a request for help by Lebanese security forces. A number of firefighter from the department were killed in the port blast. The victims were not informed that dangerous materials were present at the site of the initial fire.

The protests in Beirut received wide coverage from Israeli media, which highlighted some chants against Hezbollah and its allies. Other chants against politicians known to be allies of the U.S. received less coverage.

Meanwhile, the U.S.A. expressed support to the protestors on the Twitter account of its Embassy in Beirut:

Large Protests In Beirut: Residents Take To The Streets, Heavy Clashes With Security Forces Reported (Videos)

The most recent reports from Beirut show that security forces are retaking control. Protesters were pushed out from the Martyrs Square and most government buildings.

Lebanon is now witnessing a new phase of chaos that can potentially lead to a civil war. Prime Minister Hassan Diab called for an early parliamentary election. This could ether lead to a real reform or deepen the country’s problems.

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