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Lebanon explosion rocks capital city Beirut

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  • At least 78 people were killed and 4,000 wounded in a massive explosion that shook the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday, Lebanon’s health minister told Reuters.

  • It’s still unclear what exactly caused the explosion, centered on the city’s port area. It was earlier blamed on a fire that broke out.
  • Lebanon’s Prime Minister said an investigation would focus on an estimated 2,750 tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate, stored at a warehouse for six years.

  • A CNN senior international correspondent said the blast felt like an earthquake, while one witness said she had never felt an explosion like it in the city.–CNNmalaysia news lab

 

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