Massive explosion near port area rocks Lebanon's capital city of Beirut

Daniel Fowler
August 5, 2020

The blast has been blamed on explosive materials being stored at the port. Rescue teams have been searching through the rubble of ruined neighbourhoods for the missing.

At least 100 people have been killed in the disaster, with the death toll expected to rise further.

Lebanese rescue workers are digging through rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital, Beirut, killing 100 people and injuring almost 4,000 in a toll that officials expect to rise.

Facades of central Beirut buildings were ripped off, furniture was sucked into streets and roads were strewn with glass and debris.

He said it was "unacceptable" that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were stored for six years without safety measures.

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Prime Minister Hassan Diab promised accountability for the blast at the "dangerous warehouse", adding "those responsible will pay the price".

Footage of the explosion posted on social media showed a column of smoke rising from the port, followed by an enormous blast, sending a white mushroom cloud and fireball into the sky.

Two huge explosions rocked Port of Beirut on Tuesday, shaking buildings all over the city while causing massive casualties and damage.

Beirut port, where the blast originated, is an important piece of infrastructure, serving as a gateway for traffic from Mediterranean Sea to Lebanon as well as Syria, Jordan and Iraq.

It threatens a new humanitarian crisis in a nation that hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and which is already grappling with economic meltdown under one of the world's biggest debt burdens.

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