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Lebanon: Beirut lies in ruins as death toll of port explosions rises to 13501:16

Lebanon: Beirut lies in ruins as death toll of port explosions rises to 135

Lebanon, Beirut
August 6, 2020 at 07:49 GMT -00:00 · Published

Footage filmed on Thursday morning shows the aftermath of Tuesday's explosions at the Beirut port that killed at least 135 people and displaced an estimated 300,000.

The port appeared full of gnarled metal and remnants of the infrastructure that sat directly near the site of the blasts, which caused significant damage to buildings throughout the city and injured thousands.

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 explosions are expected to be released in the next five days.

Lebanon: Beirut lies in ruins as death toll of port explosions rises to 13501:16
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Footage filmed on Thursday morning shows the aftermath of Tuesday's explosions at the Beirut port that killed at least 135 people and displaced an estimated 300,000.

The port appeared full of gnarled metal and remnants of the infrastructure that sat directly near the site of the blasts, which caused significant damage to buildings throughout the city and injured thousands.

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 explosions are expected to be released in the next five days.

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