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Lebanon: Local captures streets of Beirut in the hours after blasts02:49

Lebanon: Local captures streets of Beirut in the hours after blasts

Lebanon, Beirut
August 5, 2020 at 11:15 GMT -00:00 · Published

A shower of debris and dust could be seen in Beirut on Tuesday evening, moments after explosions tore through Lebanon's capital killing at least 100 people.

Footage from the immediate aftermath and in the morning after the blasts shows the fire raging in the port, as well as emergency vehicles and the destruction on Charles Helou motorway. A massive column of red smoke and locals driving past wreckage and damaged buildings could also be seen.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosion are expected to be released in the next five days.

Latest figures from the Lebanese Red Cross put the number of casualties at more than 100, with approximately 4,000 wounded. Both figures are likely to rise. According to Beirut's Governor Marwan Abboud, up to 300,000 could be left homeless from the disaster.

Lebanon: Local captures streets of Beirut in the hours after blasts02:49
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A shower of debris and dust could be seen in Beirut on Tuesday evening, moments after explosions tore through Lebanon's capital killing at least 100 people.

Footage from the immediate aftermath and in the morning after the blasts shows the fire raging in the port, as well as emergency vehicles and the destruction on Charles Helou motorway. A massive column of red smoke and locals driving past wreckage and damaged buildings could also be seen.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosion are expected to be released in the next five days.

Latest figures from the Lebanese Red Cross put the number of casualties at more than 100, with approximately 4,000 wounded. Both figures are likely to rise. According to Beirut's Governor Marwan Abboud, up to 300,000 could be left homeless from the disaster.

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