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Anti-government protests simmering in Beirut after port blast

Added 08-07-20 01:18:02am EST - “Anti-government protests are boiling in Beirut over the deadly port blast that killed more than 100 people and decimated the city center. Authorities deployed tear gas on dozens of demonstrators ne?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Anti-government protests simmering in Beirut after port blast”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Anti-government protests are boiling in Beirut over the deadly port blast that killed more than 100 people and decimated the city center.

Authorities deployed tear gas on dozens of demonstrators near the nation’s parliament Thursday night as residents point blame on government negligence for the disaster, the BBC reported.

Officials believe the massive explosion in the port on Tuesday was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that authorities had known had been unsafely stored there since 2013.

The blast injured another 5,000 residents and destroyed neighborhoods of homes and businesses as the country grapples with an economic crisis already exacerbated by the coronavirus.

The combustible material — typically used to make fertilizers and explosives —  is believed to have been carried on a vessel owned by Russian businessman Igor Grechushkin, who allegedly abandoned the cargo at the port roughly seven years ago.

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