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Diesel tank explosion rocks Beirut weeks after port blast, 4 dead

A diesel tank exploded inside a building in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, on Friday night, killing four people and injuring several others, the Lebanese Red Cross has said. The explosion injured more than 30 people. Images showed flames in a street and sounds of people screaming in panic. Lebanese Red Cross head Georges Kettaneh said the […]

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Lebanon requests Interpol to arrest ship captain and owner for Beirut port blast

Lebanon has requested to arrest the foreign owner and captain of the ship that brought the material which blew up Beirut port causing devastation. The international police organisation Interpol was asked to detain two men without publicly identifying them. At least 190 people were killed when improperly stored ammonium nitrate cargo exploded on 4 August. […]

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Rescuers detect heartbeat under rubble a month after Beirut blast

Rescue teams in Beirut were hunting through the rubble on Friday after signs of life were detected 30 days after a massive explosion destroyed much of the city’s downtown coastal area. A pulse signal is still being detected in the ruins in the Mar Mikhael area of the Lebanese capital. Rescuers traced what they believed […]

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United Nations tribunal convicts 1 Hezbollah member in ex-Lebanon PM’s killing

A special United Nations backed court on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon’s rival political forces. The tribunal found  insufficient evidence against three other men charged as accomplices in the bombing and […]

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Lebanon parliament approves state of emergency, granting sweeping powers to the Army

Lebanon’s parliament has approved a state of emergency that grants sweeping powers to the army, citing the exceptional circumstances in the country following a massive explosion in Beirut last week. The cabinet had declared a two-week state of emergency on August 5, the day after the Beirut blast that left at least 200 dead and […]

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Beirut port resumes partial operations a week after warehouse explosion

A week after the Beirut port warehouse explosion, partial operations to secure goods for local markets have resumed. According to Lebanon’s caretaker economy minister, the port is now operating to unload vessels for merchants. “There are 12 cranes out of 16 operating at Beirut port,” Raoul Nehme said in a Twitter post on Wednesday. “The […]

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160 year old palace that withstood two World Wars, fall of Ottoman Empire was destroyed in Beirut explosion

A 160 year-old palace that witnessed two world wars, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, the French mandate and Lebanese independence was destroyed in Lebanon after last week’s port warehouse explosion. After the 1975-1990 civil war, it took 20 years of careful restoration for the family to bring the palace back to its former glory. […]

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Lebanon’s government resigns as anger grows over Beirut port explosion

Lebanon’s government has resigned amid immense public anger and pressure after the massive blast that struck Beirut port on Tuesday last week. The announcement was made in a national TV address by Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Monday evening. Many people have accused the country’s leaders of culpability through their alleged negligence and corruption. The […]

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Demonstrations over port explosion turn violent in central Beirut, protesters take over government buildings

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Beirut seeking justice over Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion as riot police fire tear gas at those trying to break through a barrier to get to the parliament building. A group of at least 100 demonstrators took over the offices of the ministry of economy in downtown Beirut, throwing down a rain […]

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Satellite images capture Beirut port explosion

The massive explosion at the warehouse in Beirut port was captured from space. Satellite images show the scale of the damage caused by Tuesday’s explosions in the Lebanese capital, with buildings miles from the port lying in ruin. Before and after images from the #explosion that happened in #Beirut, #Lebanon on August 4, 2020. Before […]

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Lebanon to investigate ‘external interference’ in Beirut port blast

Lebanon’s president has asked investigation authorities to look into the ‘external interference’ that may have triggered Beirut blast on Tuesday. “The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act,” President Michel Aoun said. Aoun, who had previously said explosive material was stored […]

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Lebanese protesters clash with security forces over government negligence that led to explosion

Demonstrators clashed with security forces in the Lebanese capital, Beirut on Thursday. Forces deployed tear gas on dozens of protesters near the parliament. The Lebanese people are angry over the current government over negligence that led to Tuesday’s huge explosion. 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a warehouse exploded killing at least 145 […]