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Beirut blast

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The massive explosion that erupted yesterday 04 Aug in the port region of Beirut Lebanon's capital, has killed almost 100 people leaving more than 4,000 victims injured with varying degrees of injuries 
CNN reports

Concerning the explosion the prime minister of Lebanon "Hassan Diad" informed that 2,750 tons of highly explosive material known as " Ammonium Nitrate " led to the massive blast that shatterd the city of Beirut 

Diab said, the "Ammonium  Nitrate" is used as an agricultural fertiliser which had been store in a warehouse in the port region of Beirut for six years without safety precautions

Lebanon's internal chief security "Abbas Ibrahim " said that the highly explosive material had been seized years back and stored in a warehouse not far from beirut's shopping and nightlife district 

Though still yet unknown what led to the ignition of the blast that shattered the city of Beirut, local reports blamed it on fire from firecrackers warehouse spread to surrounding buildings

Lebanese minister of health "Hamad Hassan" said that hundreds of people have been reported missing and that the number of deaths will likely increase as four hospitals are out of service due to the damage from the blast

He also added that, emergency field hospitals would be ready soon from neighbouring countries like, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Iran and Jordan 

Furthermore Lebanese prime minister has issued investigation warrant into the blast, he said " we will not rest until we find those responsible for what happened, hold them accountable, and impose maximum punishment"

US embassy in Beirut has urged people in the region to stay indoors and wear face mask because of toxic gases released from the blast. 


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