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Beirut Explosion Update: Lebanon Detains 16 People In Inquiry As Anger Mounts

BEIRUT, LEBANON – AUGUST 06: Search and rescue works are carried out at damaged buildings after a fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts in Beirut, Lebanon on August 6, 2020. (Photo by Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Some of Beirut’s residents, angered by their city’s seeming negligence that led to this week’s deadly warehouse explosion, took to the streets late Thursday to demand reform.

Near parliament, Lebanese security forces fired tear gas as they clashed with anti-government protesters.

In the central square of Beirut’s mostly destroyed downtown, a group of Lebanese, some carrying shovels to dig through the debris, shouted, “The people want the fall of the regime.”

The protests came as authorities in Lebanon detained 16 people as part of an urgent investigation into the enormous explosion that devastated Beirut’s port area and much of the city on Tuesday. The blast has been traced to an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.

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