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Beirut Blast Kills 135, Rises Anger

Residents of Beirut voiced anger at the government over the huge blast they say was stemmed from negligence.

The Killid Group
6 Aug 2020
Beirut Blast Kills 135, Rises Anger

Country’s President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a warehouse, BBC reported.

The explosion killed at least 135 people and injured more than 4,000 others. A two-week state of emergency has begun, according to the news agency.

At least 2,750 tons of the ammonium nitrate – which is used as a fertilizer in agriculture and as an explosive – had reportedly been kept in a warehouse in a Lebanese capital’s port for six years.

A blaze set off the explosion in the city’s port area, which shattered windows and collapsed apartment balconies, witnesses and security sources said to media.

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