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Lebanon PM Hassan Diab Resigns As Street Protests Intensify After Beirut Blast

Lebanon which was already witnessing strings of protests against government was rocked with angry protestors taking it to streets demanding accountability.

 

Beirut| Days after Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut saw devastation by massive blasts, the Prime Minister of Lebanon has resigned from his post. Lebanese PM Hassan Diab on Monday tendered his resignation after angry protestors spilt on the streets in the aftermath of the deadly Beirut blast. He also announced his government’s resignation.

His resignation, however, did not come as a surprise since many officers had already quit following the blast and many other ministers in his government threatened to resign in the recent cabinet meeting. “I announce the resignation of the government,” Diab said while announcing his resignation.

The devastating blast at Beirut port on August 4 killed more than 150 people and injured close to 5000 others. The impact of the blast was so widespread that many buildings and structures almost 100 Meters away were destroyed, glass windows of the shops, houses were broken, vehicles were damaged and the buildings in the vicinity were completely damaged. After the blast half of the port building of Beirut had vanished. The powerful blast that resembled Hiroshima, Nagasaki nuclear bombing also altered Beirut’s coastline along the Mediterranean Sea.

Also Read: “Like An Earthquake”: Huge Explosions Rock Lebanon’s Beirut Port

Lebanon which was already witnessing strings of protests against government was rocked with angry protestors taking it to streets demanding accountability. Protestors also demanded an international probe into the matter and sought answers as to how much Ammonium Nitrate- a chemical compound that caused the explosion-was stored at Beirut port and for how many years.

After Diab’s announcement of resignations, protestors celebrated by honking car horns on the streets of the city of Tripoli. International rescue teams with sniffer dogs and specialised equipment remained at work at the disaster’s charred “ground zero”, where the search was now for bodies and not survivors.

 

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