World • 05 August, 2020

Dozens killed, thousands wounded in Beirut

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Lebanese authorities have said at least 78 people have been killed and some 4,000 wounded in a massive explosion at the port in the capital, Beirut, Al Jazeera says.

The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage even on the outskirts of the capital. 

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Officials linked the explosion to some 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun assembled the country's High Defence Council following the explosion.

 

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