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Photos show the aftermath of the Beirut blasts

Protesters in Beirut occupied government ministries, set fires and faced off against security forces Saturday in an outpouring of anger directed at Lebanon’s leaders following the huge blast that ripped through the city earlier this week.

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Protesters clash with security forces in Beirut on Aug. 8, 2020.

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The protests followed days of anger and mourning after a fire that broke out ignited a stockpile of ammonium nitrate, triggering a huge explosion that wrecked large swaths of Beirut, killed at least 158 people and injured thousands, rescue workers were pressing ahead with the search for victims.

As bodies continue to be pulled from rubble and identified at morgues, families have begun to memorialize the departed.

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On Aug. 7, mourners attend the funeral of Chadi Abou Chakra, who died in a building collapse after the explosion.

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Family members mourn over the casket of Chadi Abou Chakra.

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Worshipers attend Friday prayers outside the Mohammad al-Amin Mosque, which was heavily damaged in the explosion.

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Outside Beirut, family members of three firefighters mourn their losses.

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The firefighters' relatives mourn. Charbel Karam, Charbel Hitti and Najib Hitti responded to the first explosion on Tuesday and died together in the second massive blast.

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In Beirut’s streets, the cleanup effort continued — led by citizens, not the government, sparking anger among a population that blames government dysfunction for the blast.

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Volunteers clean a road in East Beirut.

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A tag on a car reads, "Erect the gallows," voicing the Lebanese people's discontent with their government.

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Volunteers clean a road in East Beirut.

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Earlier this week, the atmosphere in Beirut was one of shell shock. Historical arched facades were piles of rubble and rebar. Dazed residents were staggering amid the ruin. Young volunteers who had arrived from outside Beirut to aid in the cleanup appeared stunned at the devastation.

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People look at the damage in Beirut after Tuesday's massive explosions.

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Firefighters rush through central Beirut to help survivors.

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Workers remove debris from a building damaged in the explosions.

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A piano stands intact in a damaged apartment.

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Broken windows in a house in central Beirut.

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A fallen tree in central Beirut.

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Survivors carry their belongings after their apartments were destroyed in the explosions.

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Workers remove debris from a building.

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Workers try to salvage bottles from a bar.

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A hotel facade shattered in Tuesday's explosions.

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Workers remove debris.

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Debris is removed.

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People look at the damage from a highway.

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On Tuesday, in the hours that followed the explosions, people with blood streaming down their faces or limbs wandered the streets trying to find a way to reach a hospital on roads too clogged with traffic and debris for ambulances and taxis to move.

The port, where the explosions happened, resembled apocalyptic scenes usually seen in movies.

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A cloud of smoke rises from the site of a massive explosion in Beirut on Tuesday.

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Firefighters attend the scene of the explosion.

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A view of the city from the site of the blasts.

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A firefighter at the scene of destruction.

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Medics carry injured people away from the site of the blasts.

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A helicopter drops water on a fire at the site of the blasts.

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Men direct a helicopter to drop water on the scene of the explosions.

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Medics carry people injured by the blasts.

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A damaged building in downtown Beirut.

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A man helps an injured woman after the blast.

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Police officers search a partly destroyed building.

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A woman is carried to an ambulance.

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Medics carry injured people in the emergency ward of St. Joseph Hospital.

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A cargo ship burns in the aftermath of the blasts.

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