Beirut explosion death toll rises to 158, over 6,000 injured: Health ministry

Lebanese people carry the national flag as they drive past the blast site in the capital Beirut on August 8, 2020. (AFP)

The death toll from Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut has risen to 158, the Lebanese health ministry media office said on Saturday.

The number of people injured exceeds 6,000 and 21 are still reported missing, it said.

Lebanese children clean debris in Beirut’s Gemmayzeh neighborhood on August 8, 2020, four days after a monster explosion killed more than 150 people and disfigured the Lebanese capital. (AFP)

Lebanese children clean debris in Beirut’s Gemmayzeh neighborhood on August 8, 2020, four days after a monster explosion killed more than 150 people and disfigured the Lebanese capital. (AFP)

Meanwhile, hundreds of Lebanese protesters flocked to the streets of Beirut on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against the government's handling of the port explosion on August 4 that killed at least 158 people.

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The demonstrators clashed with security forces who fired tear gas at the crowd in an attempt to disperse them.

(Al Arabiya English's Tamara Abueish contributed to this report)

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Last Update: Saturday, 08 August 2020 KSA 17:20 - GMT 14:20
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