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In Beirut, police used water cannons to disperse demonstrators

BEIRUT, 4 Aug, Mikhail Alaeddin. Security forces in Beirut used tear gas and water cannons to push protesters out of the streets adjacent to the parliament, RIA Novosti reported. Thousands of participants in a demonstration marking the first anniversary of the Beirut port bombing march towards the Square of the Fallen and Parliament, chanting anti-government slogans and calling for the resignation of political leaders in a massive blast in the Beirut port area on August 4, 2020. Hundreds of houses and cars were destroyed or damaged, glass was broken in many quarters of the Lebanese capital, some buildings were completely destroyed. According to authorities, the cause was the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate seized by customs in 2014 and stored in a warehouse. At least 280 people died, more than 6 thousand were injured. The Lebanese capital was designated a disaster area. To date, the investigation has not been able to find out all the circumstances of the tragedy and identify the perpetrators. At the same time, the competent authorities still do not exclude that the tragedy occurred as a result of deliberate detonation, and not negligence, as established by the official preliminary version. 15:58 Life in Beirut a year after the explosions in the port Exactly one year ago, on August 4, 2020, the capital of Lebanon was shaken by the most powerful explosions. The emergency happened in the port. Due to improper storage, more than two thousand tons of ammonium silicate exploded.


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