Mired in crises, Lebanon marks 1 year since horrific blast

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BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is marking one year since the horrific explosion at Beirut port. The grim anniversary Wednesday comes amid an unprecedented economic and financial meltdown and a political stalemate that has kept the country without a functioning government for a full year. Banks, businesses, government offices and most supermarkets were closed to observe a national day of mourning. It commemorates the first anniversary of the explosion that killed at least 214 people according to official records, and injured thousands. Even medical labs and COVID-19 vaccination centers were closed. Families of the victims are planning a memorial and prayers at the still wrecked site of the blast at Beirut port. 

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