Lebanese plan major protest and UN agencies call for aid after Beirut blast

Lebanese plan major protest and UN agencies call for aid after Beirut blastAugust 7, 2020

Anti-government rally planned for Saturday as search efforts continue and funerals held

Angry Lebanese are planning a major protest in central Beirut on Saturday where they will pay respects to those killed in this week’s blast and renew calls to overthrow the country’s political system.

As the numbers of volunteers cleaning Beirut’s streets swelled, UN agencies called for urgent assistance for Lebanon, estimating the massive explosion at Beirut’s port had reduced hospital capacity by 500 beds and destroyed shipping containers loaded with thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment being imported to help fight Covid-19.

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