Lebanon declares day of mourning for Beirut blast anniversary

The blast killed around 210 people, wounded several thousand and left large swathes of the capital badly damaged

  
A view shows the grain silo that was damaged in a massive explosion at Beirut port, Lebanon October 23, 2020.

A view shows the grain silo that was damaged in a massive explosion at Beirut port, Lebanon October 23, 2020.

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BEIRUT: Lebanon Wednesday declared a national day of mourning on Aug. 4, the first anniversary of the catastrophic blast at Beirut Port.

“Public administrations, public institutions and municipalities will be closed on Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021, in commemoration of the tragic anniversary of the Beirut Port blast, and flags will fly at half-mast over administrations, public institutions and municipalities," a statement from the office of caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said.

"Regular programs on radio and television stations shall be modified to commemorate the painful tragedy and in solidarity with the families of the martyrs and the wounded”.

The blast killed around 210 people, wounded several thousand and left large swathes of the capital badly damaged. There has been little progress in the investigation into the explosion caused by hundreds of tons of ammonium nitrate..

Protests and other events have been called for the anniversary to demand justice and commemorate its victims.

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