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Massive explosion in Beirut kills at least 70, injures thousands Updated: 2020-08-05 10:01:37 KST

A huge explosion at a port in central Beirut rocked Lebanon's capital on Tuesday evening, local time, killing at least 78 people.
According to Lebanon's health minister, more than four thousand people were injured and the death toll is expected to rise.
Followed by a huge mushroom cloud, the explosion emitted powerful shockwaves across the city destroying buildings and shattering windows in different parts of Beirut.
The Lebanese Prime Minister said those responsible will pay the price for the incident as it's unacceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate of around 2,750 tons has been present for six years in the warehouse without preventive measures.

"What happened today won't pass without account, those responsible will pay the price for what happened, this is a promise to the martyrs and to the wounded, this is a national commitment, facts will be revealed about this dangerous warehouse that has been there since 2014."

The Lebanese President has decided to release 66 million U.S. dollars for emergency use from the 2020 budget.
Meanwhile, President Trump offered his sympathy and help to the people of Lebanon and referred to the incident as a "terrible attack" after talking to U.S. generals.

"This was not a some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event. This was a seems to be according to them, they would know better than I would, but they seemed to think it was a attack. It was a bomb of some kind."

The incident comes amid an economic crisis in the country and in advance of Friday's trial of the long-awaited verdict over the 2005 killing of the country's ex-Prime Minister.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.
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