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Sirens ring out to mark second Beirut port blast anniversary

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Lebanese demonstrators break into applause as an ambulance siren rings out to mark the moment of the massive port explosion that ripped through the capital Beirut, on the second anniversary of the disaster. IMAGES

Added on the 04/08/2022 19:21:01 - Copyright : AFPTV - First images

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