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Death toll in huge Beirut explosion rises to 135

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 5, 2020
Death toll in Tuesday’s huge blast that ripped through Lebanon’s capital Beirut has risen to 135, the country’s health minister said.
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Nearly 5,000 victims were injured and dozens of them are still missing, Hamad Hassan said.

Topics: Beirut explosion

A fire at a warehouse containing explosives at the Port of Beirut led to a massive blast on Tuesday, causing massive material damage in several neighborhoods of the capital.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun cited ammonium nitrate as the source of the explosion, which leveled a three story building and was heard across the city and its suburbs.

The Supreme Defense Council in Lebanon has declared Beirut a disaster stricken city and announced a state of emergency in the capital for two weeks. The cabinet ordered an unspecified number of Beirut port officials put under house arrest pending an investigation into how ammonium nitrate came to be stored at the port for years.