Dozens of people have been injured in clashes between security forces and protesters outside the Lebanese parliament
Beirut port explosion: 1st anniversary live updates
Today marks the first anniversary of the Beirut port explosion that shook Beirut, Lebanon and the world on the 4th August 2020.
In what was believed to be one of the powerful non-nuclear, man-made explosions in human history, more than 2,750 tonnes of improperly stored ammonium nitrate exploded at Beirut's port, leading to at least 218 deaths and more than 300,000 people becoming homeless.
The Beirut port explosion has since become a symbol for the Lebanese government's incompetence, negligence, and inability to face up to it's multidimensional problems. To date, there has been no justice for the victims or their families.
Follow this live feed for live and regular coverage of the day's proceedings, and be sure to check our Twitter for further updates from our Beirut correspondent.
Protesters have been pushed away from parliament and towards Martyrs' Square, where Lebanese Internal Security Forces have arrived en masse, armed with a tank and two water-jet trucks
BREAKING: Tear gas fired at protesters at the Lebanese parliament.
After observing a minute of silence at 6:07, the time of the Beirut Blast, chants of “revolution!” Cry out. Protesters are headed towards parliament.
Make sure to also follow our Twitter to stay updated on the day's events. The New Arab's Levant correspondent, Will Christou, has taken over our feed to provide photos and videos from the today's protests in Beirut.
Demonstrators filled Pasteur street in one of the main thoroughfares of Beirut, marching towards the port, where the families of the victims will make a statement.
BREAKING: Lebanese Special Forces resort to violence to control protestors
Lebanese Special Forces have been attacking protestors and students at the Beirut port for raising party flags in remembrance for the explosion's victims.
More to come.
One year on from Beirut port explosion, residents to take to the streets to demand justice
Protests have been scheduled for the early afternoon with demonstrators planning to march from the General Security Directorate in Achrafieh to the Lebanese Emigrant Statue, where the families of the victims will gather to speak. Finally, at 6:07 pm, the exact time of the explosion a year earlier, a moment of silence will be held before protesters march towards the Lebanese parliament.
Read our Beirut correspondent William Christou's piece in full below.
Lebanon remembers Beirut port victims:
Using the hashtags #WeAreALLVictims and #BeirutBlast, the Lebanese people tweeted support for the victims of the blast and demanded accountability from the government's overs its failure to make a stockpile of ammonium nitrate that cased the explosion safe, and its subsequent handling of the crisis.
Led by 4AugLebanon, a collective of families of victims of the Beirut blast, the hashtag seeks to "unite to attain justice for the 4 million victims".
Lebanese government officials could be guilty of "homicide" over their handling of fertiliser at the port in Beirut where a fatal explosion took place last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday.
In a new report titled, "'They killed us from the inside': An investigation into the August 4 Beirut Blast", the New York-based rights group catalogued a series of failings regarding the stockpile of ammonium nitrate that blew up, causing 218 deaths and 7,000 injuries.
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