Beirut Explodes in Violence

More Than 100 Hurt


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Security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets at protesters in Beirut Sunday, injuring at least 100.

The demonstration took place outside of Lebanon's parliament building, following another huge protest on Saturday. The Associated Press reports:

There were nine hours of street battles with security forces Saturday as some protesters tried to scale the barriers. Those clashes left at least 377 people injured, the Red Cross and the Lebanese Civil Defense said. More than 120 were treated in hospitals, including a protester with an eye injury, as well as members of the security forces. Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said 142 of its members were injured, including seven officers, some with serious concussions.

The clashes take place amid a deepening financial crisis and paralysis in the government. Protesters demand a new prime minister and cabinet.

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