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In pictures: Beirut protests

Lebanese supporters of the Hezbollah-led opposition parties stand near a wall of smoke in Beirut

Thousands of Lebanese supporters of the Hezbollah-led opposition parties have taken to the streets of Beirut.

Soldiers stand on the streets in Beirut

The protesters have set cars and tyres alight, blocking the major access routes into the capital.

A Lebanese supporter of the Hezbollah-led opposition parties stands near burning tyres in Beirut

Their aim is to enforce a general strike to try to topple the pro-Western government.

Smoke billows over Beirut's skyline

Smoke from burning tyres billowed out across the Lebanese capital from the early hours of the morning.

A woman gestures as she walks through the streets of Beirut

The strike made life difficult for ordinary people. Many shops and schools were forced to close.

An opposition supporter is held back by a Lebanese soldiers

Soldiers intervened to stop stone-throwing between opposition protesters and pro-government supporters.

A tank surrounded by soldiers against a road barricade

But witnesses said security forces had taken little action to keep roads open.

Protesters walk down barricaded main road in Beirut

Protesters succeeded in closing down most main roads in Beirut, as well as motorways to the north and south.




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