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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Beirut marks one week since explosion

People in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, have held a minute of silence for the more than 200 people believed to have been killed by an explosion a week ago.

The commemoration took place at 18:09 (15:09 GMT), the exact time when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely at the port detonated.

The blast flattened nearby buildings and caused extensive damage elsewhere.

On Monday, the government resigned amid mounting anger at a ruling elite many accuse of corruption and negligence.

Prime Minister Hasan Diab’s announcement failed to pacify protesters, who clashed with police in central Beirut for a third consecutive night.

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