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Security officer killed in demonstrations in Lebanon

Demonstrators clash with Lebanese riot police as riot police intervene them with tear gas canisters during a protest against government at the Martyrs' Square after the deadly explosion at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on 8 August 2020. [Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]
Demonstrators clash with Lebanese riot police as riot police intervene them with tear gas canisters during a protest against government at the Martyrs' Square after the deadly explosion at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts on 4th August in Beirut, Lebanon on 8 August 2020. [Houssam Shbaro - Anadolu Agency]

A security officer was killed and more than 200 demonstrators injured Saturday in protests in Lebanon’s capital, Anadolu reports.

An officer was attacked by protesters as he tried to save those stranded in a hotel that was raided by demonstrators in Beirut, according to a statement by the Lebanese Internal Security Forces.

In demonstrations around Martyrs’ Square in central Beirut and the parliament building, 238 protests were injured, with 63 hospitalized, said Lebanon’s Red Cross.

Five people were arrested in Martyrs’ Square, the country’s Internal Security Forces said.

Demonstrators raid government buildings

Demonstrators raided the economy and environment ministries, and the Banks Association buildings

They went into the buildings and discarded official documents, while damaging furniture in the Bank Association building.

Lebanese were asked by the army “to express their demands in a peaceful way, stop demonstrations and not harm government property”.

According to the health ministry, at least 158 people have died and more than 6,000 injured since an explosion ravaged parts of the Lebanese capital Tuesday.

Causality figures are likely to rise as efforts continue to find missing people.

The tragedy has come at a time when Lebanon is experiencing its worst economic crisis, including a dramatic drop in the value of the pound against the dollar.

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