Funerals for Beirut explosion victims begin

As Lebanon reels from the aftermath of the devastating explosion the rocked the capital earlier this week, funerals are being held for the dead.

In the southern village of Qlayaa, a funeral was held Thursday for Internal Security Officer Gerges Foj, killed in the blast.

In a procession around the village, his sister Najwa Foj yelled in mourning, showing gratitude for fellow villagers, but also cursing Lebanese officials.

For many Lebanese, Tuesday’s blast was the last straw after years of corruption and mismanagement by a political elite that has ruled for decades.

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Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

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