A massive demonstration in Beirut… and clashes between security and protesters

Beirut is witnessing this evening, Wednesday, a massive demonstration in The first anniversary of the harbor explosion Which left more than 200 dead and 6500 wounded.

From the protests today in Beirut

What is remarkable about this demonstration, which demands to know the truth about The reasons for this explosion and the accountability of those responsible About him, the absence of party flags among the demonstrators.

A minute of silence was observed during the demonstration, at the time of the catastrophic explosion.

From today's demonstration in Beirut

From today’s demonstration in Beirut

There were skirmishes and a stampede between the demonstrators and the army in around the port of Beirut. Clashes also took place between security forces and demonstrators in downtown Beirut.

Clashes also took place between protesters and security in front of the parliament building, as protesters threw stones at the parliament’s entrance and tried to cross the main gate. For its part, the security forces fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the protesters in front of Parliament.

From the protests today in Beirut

From the protests today in Beirut

While it was reported that Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets at protesters in the vicinity of Parliament, the security denied this. Reports indicate that the protesters opened a gap at the entrance to Parliament and set fire near its gate.

The army brought in reinforcements, while protesters set fire to various parts of the capital.

For its part, the Lebanese Red Cross announced that 9 wounded people have so far been transferred from the center of the capital and from the Gemayzeh area, which is witnessing demonstrations, to hospitals, while 45 wounded were treated at the scene.

From today's demonstration in Beirut

From today’s demonstration in Beirut

Lebanese banks, companies and government offices were closed today, Wednesday, as Lebanon commemorates the one-year anniversary of the horrific explosion in the port of Beirut.

The bleak anniversary comes amid an unprecedented economic and financial meltdown, and a political stalemate that has kept the country without a functioning government for a year.

From today's demonstration in Beirut

From today’s demonstration in Beirut

The explosion, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, was the result of the ignition of hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate after a fire broke out in its storage area.

The documents showed that highly combustible nitrates were stored indiscriminately at the port in 2014 and that many high-ranking officials over the years knew of its existence and did nothing.

A year later, there has been no accountability, and investigations have yet to answer questions such as who ordered the shipment of the chemicals and why officials ignored repeated internal warnings about their danger.

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