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In Pictures: Clashes rock Beirut as security forces fire tear gas at protest

Updated : 2019-12-16 15:49:24

Tear gas engulfed central Beirut as security forces chased protesters near Lebanon's parliament on Sunday in a second night of street clashes that wounded dozens of people. Protesters had returned despite a fierce crackdown by security forces the night before when clashes also injured dozens.It marked the most violent unrest in the capital in a historic wave of protests that has swept Lebanon since October 17 and pushed Saad al-Hariri to resign as prime minister.

Protesters stand near burning tents during anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon. Tear gas engulfed central Beirut as security forces chased protesters near Lebanon's parliament on Sunday in the second night of street clashes that wounded dozens of people. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
Protesters stand near burning tents during anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon. Tear gas engulfed central Beirut as security forces chased protesters near Lebanon's parliament on Sunday in the second night of street clashes that wounded dozens of people. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
Smoke rises from tear gas fired during anti-government protests in Beirut. Protesters had returned despite a fierce crackdown by security forces the night before when clashes also injured dozens. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Smoke rises from tear gas fired during anti-government protests in Beirut. Protesters had returned despite a fierce crackdown by security forces the night before when clashes also injured dozens. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Smoke rises from tear gas during anti-government protests in Beirut. It marked the most violent unrest in the capital in a historic wave of protests that has swept Lebanon since October 17 and pushed Saad al-Hariri to resign as prime minister. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Smoke rises from tear gas during anti-government protests in Beirut. It marked the most violent unrest in the capital in a historic wave of protests that has swept Lebanon since October 17 and pushed Saad al-Hariri to resign as prime minister. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Protesters stand near burning tents during anti-government protests in Beirut. The protests erupted from anger at a political elite that has overseen decades of corruption and steered the country toward its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
Protesters stand near burning tents during anti-government protests in Beirut. The protests erupted from anger at a political elite that has overseen decades of corruption and steered the country toward its worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
Riot police fire tear gas during anti-government protests in Beirut. Riot police and security forces, deploying again in large numbers, unleashed water cannons at hundreds of demonstrators who remained on the streets. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
Riot police fire tear gas during anti-government protests in Beirut. Riot police and security forces, deploying again in large numbers, unleashed water cannons at hundreds of demonstrators who remained on the streets. REUTERS/Issam Abdallah
A protester gestures in front of a row of riot police officers during anti-government protests in Beirut. The clashes rocked a commercial district of Beirut for hours late into the night, and army soldiers closed off some roads.  REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
A protester gestures in front of a row of riot police officers during anti-government protests in Beirut. The clashes rocked a commercial district of Beirut for hours late into the night, and army soldiers closed off some roads.  REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
A riot police run for cover during anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's Internal Security Forces said they fired tear gas after demonstrators pelted them with fireworks and stones, injuring some officers. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
A riot police run for cover during anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's Internal Security Forces said they fired tear gas after demonstrators pelted them with fireworks and stones, injuring some officers. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Riot police officers walk as smoke rises from tear gas, during anti-government protests in Beirut. Crowds of men and women ran for cover chanting
Riot police officers walk as smoke rises from tear gas, during anti-government protests in Beirut. Crowds of men and women ran for cover chanting "revolution, revolution!" as white smoke streaming out of tear gas canisters encircled them.  REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Protesters react amidst a cloud of smoke during anti-government protests in Beirut. Some hurled the canisters back at riot police standing nearby in body armour. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Protesters react amidst a cloud of smoke during anti-government protests in Beirut. Some hurled the canisters back at riot police standing nearby in body armour. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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