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UPDATE: Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

UPDATE: Massive Beirut blast kills more than 70, injures thousands

AP
Updated: August 04, 2020 05:34 PM
Created: August 04, 2020 02:33 PM

BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's health minister says more than 70 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured in the huge explosion that rocked Beirut. The blast Tuesday flattened much of the the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. Hours later, ambulances still carried away the wounded as army helicopters helped battle fires raging at the port. The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. Beirut hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies, and generators to keep their lights on.
 

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BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's health minister says more than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured in the huge explosion that rocked Beirut.

The blast Tuesday flattened much of the the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. 

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BEIRUT (AP) - Lebanon's health minister says more than 25 people were killed and over 2,500 were injured in the huge explosion that rocked Beirut.

The blast flattened much of the the city's port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

A civil defense official said his men had evacuated dozens to hospitals and that there were still bodies under debris.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

An Israeli government official says Israel “had nothing to do” with it.

The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel. It could be heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, across the Mediterranean.


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