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The port of Beirut has once again been the victim of a disaster

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Thursday, September 10th 2020 à 16:10 | Read 284 times

On 4 August 2020, the port of Beirut had already been devastated by two explosions (photo: DR).
On 4 August 2020, the port of Beirut had already been devastated by two explosions (photo: DR).
LEBANON. Five weeks after two explosions on its site, the port of Beirut is prey to a gigantic fire, Thursday, September 10, 2020. Caused, according to a statement by the Lebanese Army, in "a warehouse where oil cans and car wheels are stored in the free zone of the port of Beirut". The acting director of the port, Bassem al-Kaissi, attributed the trigger to a local television channel "either because of the heat or a mistake, it is still too early to know. Welding work was taking place nearby. It was the cooking oil cans that would have caught fire first before the flames spread to rubber tyres.

The Lebanese Red Cross reported only one suffocation injury.

On 4 August 2020, 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been stored in a warehouse without precautionary measures for years, exploded. At least 192 people were killed and 6,500 injured in the disaster, which affected several neighbourhoods in the Lebanese capital.


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