Protesters in Lebanon take over foreign ministry building

Few days after the deadly explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, angry protesters have taken control of foreign ministry office, according to report from AFP.

The group of protesters led by retired Lebanese army officers stormed the foreign ministry in central Beirut and declared it the “headquarters of the revolution”.

The demonstrators also burned a portrait of President Michel Aoun.

“We are staying here. We call on the Lebanese people to occupy all the ministries,” one demonstrator said on a megaphone.

The takeover, which was aired live on local TV, happened as most of the security forces’ attention was focused on a tense demonstration against the ruling elite a few hundred metres down the road.

Al Jazeera reported that at least 28 demonstrators have been transported to nearby hospitals from Beirut’s protest site, the Lebanese Red Cross said.

More than 100 others are being treated at the scene in Martyr’s Square.