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Beirut braces for more funerals, massive protest over blast

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Beirut braced for another grim day Saturday, one filled with yet more mourning for those left dead by Lebanon’s deadliest explosion and a long-simmering …
Beirut braced for another grim day Saturday, one filled with yet more mourning for those left dead by Lebanon’s deadliest explosion and a long-simmering anger that brought out tens of thousands to protest the government’s mishandling of the massive blast. A stockpile of explosive chemicals is being blamed for Tuesday’s explosion, which killed more than 150, injured 5,000 and left 300,000 homeless. The cache was being kept at a port in the capital city’s center despite at least 10 warnings over a half-dozen years from Lebanon’s customs, military, security agencies and judiciary, the Associated Press reported, citing government documents that surfaced on social media. President Michel Aoun only learned of the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate three weeks ago, although he has been in office for four years.

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