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Beirut blast: Protesters clash with police on anniversary of deadly port explosion

CA, 05 Aug 2021
Police clashed with protesters in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday as the country officially marked the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic port explosion.

As thousands gathered for a memorial service at the port, water cannons and tear gas were fired at protesters who had been throwing stones towards security forces near parliament, live TV footage showed. Eight people were wounded, the Red Cross said.

No senior official has yet been fully held to account for the disaster, which was caused by a huge quantity of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely at the port for years.

An investigation is stalling, with requests denied for immunity to be lifted from senior politicians and former officials. All those sought for questioning by the Lebanese investigators have denied any wrongdoing.

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