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World leaders gather by video to pledge aid to Beirut, a day after violent protests rock the city

August 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together world leaders via video on Sunday to pledge aid to help Lebanon rebuild after the devastating explosion that ripped through its capital, Beirut, five days ago.

Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron will bring together world leaders via video on Sunday to pledge aid to help Lebanon rebuild after the devastating explosion that ripped through its capital, Beirut, five days ago.

As the country's grief gave way to anger, tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into Beirut's Martyr's Square on Saturday calling for "revenge" against the ruling class of politicians widely held responsible for the explosion.

During a visit to Beirut on Thursday, Macron told a crowd that he would propose a "new political pact" to Lebanon's embattled political class and vowed he would ensure aid was not lost to corruption.

I will speak to all political forces to ask for a new pact," Macron said, according to an Elysee Palace aide.

Change remained elusive, and since reality did not match the ambitions, and after the horror of the Beirut disaster, I submit my resignation from the government," Abdel Samad said in a statement, according to the state-run National News Agency (NNA).

The military police continue to question security officials in Beirut's port as part of investigations into the explosion, under the supervision of the Public Prosecution Office, according to NNA.

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