Death Toll in Beirut Blasts up to 135 While Injures Hit 5,000

Published August 6th, 2020 - 04:39 GMT
Palestinians attend a candle light vigil in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 5, 2020, in support of Lebanon a day after a blast in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital sowed devastation across entire city neighbourhoods. SAID KHATIB / AFP
Palestinians attend a candle light vigil in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on August 5, 2020, in support of Lebanon a day after a blast in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital sowed devastation across entire city neighbourhoods. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Nearly 5,000 injured in Tuesday's blast hitting Lebanon's capital, dozens still missing, says health minister.

Death toll in Tuesday’s huge blast that ripped through Lebanon’s capital Beirut has risen to 135, the country’s health minister said on Wednesday. 

Nearly 5,000 victims were injured and dozens of them are still missing, Hamad Hassan said. 

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. 

Tuesday's explosion deepens woes of the country that has been suffering from a severe economic crisis and intense political polarization for months. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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