Lebanon: Clashes break out amid ongoing anti-govt. protests in Beirut

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Clashes broke out as anti-government protests continued in Beirut on Monday, in the aftermath of the deadly explosions which rocked the city’s port area on Tuesday, killing at least 200 people and injuring thousands.

Protesters were seen gathering near the city’s Nejmeh Square, throwing objects and lighting fires amid tear gas smoke.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab, Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all announced their resignation following protests over the weekend. If a total of seven ministers resign, the cabinet would become a caretaker government, until a new government is formed.

The blasts, which took the lives of at least 157 people and injured more than 5,000, according to officials, are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

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