Anti-government Protesters Storm Lebanese Ministry Buildings in Aftermath of Beirut Blast

Lebanese protesters stormed government ministries in Beirut and trashed the offices of the Association of Lebanese Banks on Saturday, TV footage showed, as shots were fired in growing protests over this week's devastating explosion.

The protesters said their politicians should resign and be punished for negligence they say led to Tuesday’s blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, that killed 158 people and injured more than 6,000, compounding months of political and economic meltdown.

A policeman was killed during the clashes with demonstrators, a police spokesman said. One of his colleagues present at the scene said he died when he fell into an elevator shaft in a nearby building after being chased by protesters.

– Lebanon