Lanterns launched into the sky during the lighting of a Christmas tree in memory of the victims of the devastating Port of Beirut explosion in August

Beirut residents release lanterns to remember victims of Beirut blast

Residents released lanterns in Beirut's Gemmayzeh neighbourhood during the the lighting of a symbolic Christmas tree.

The lanterns were released in memory of the victims of the devastating August explosion at the Port of Beirut.

The explosion killed more than 200 people and injured thousands. Around 300,000 people were left homeless due to the widespread damage caused throughout much of the city.

Meanwhile, firefighters stood in front of a symbolic Christmas tree created by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer.

It was decorated with uniforms of firefighters and rescue workers as a way to pay tribute to those who died in the blast.