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Yesterday evening, the world heard reports about a huge explosion at one of the port in the capital of Lebanon, Beirut. Currently, there are reports of around 100 deaths and over 4,000 injured. The country declares the situation in Beirut as a catastrophe, and the world's media are investigating who is to blame for the tragedy.

The explosion took place in a port where hazardous materials were probably stored, and the shocks caused by the explosion were felt as far as Cyprus - an island more than 240 kilometres away. Authorities report that the vicinity of the port and its surroundings have been severely damaged, including the office of the current Prime Minister of Lebanon, located approximately 1,500 metres from the site of the tragedy.

The Lebanese president announced that £100bn (around €50m) would be allocated to rebuild the city, and that the state of emergency would last for about two weeks.

Immediately after the outbreak, world leaders and the media speculated that Hezbollah was involved in this tragedy. It was all due to a local trial that took place and the UN Court of Justice was to issue a judgment in the case of Rafik al-Hariri, former Lebanese prime minister, who died in an attack when explosives were planted under his car in 2005.

Currently, however, the authorities claim that the reason is the ignition of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which was stored following confiscation. The explosion was supposed to happen while welding a hole to prevent the theft of the flammable material.

What do you think about the tragedy?

Do you think there could be any foul play involved?

Will you donate to one of the organisations collecting funds for the relief of this disaster?

Tell us in the comments!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team
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dana.bodea0

  2 months ago
So, there were almost 3 thousand tones of nitrate, kept for years and only now they have been trying to protect it from stealing? Something doesn't seem normal here
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1 comments

karen_kavanagh

  2 months ago
very sad, hard to know whether foul play was invovled
2 comments

cormacr

  2 months ago
The Irish Red Cross is taking donations for Lebanon, if anyone wants to help.
1 comments

gabulenevron

  2 months ago
Very sad but as the Tibetan saying "Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength" and by helping each other.
1 comments

ruta64

  2 months ago
I read about it yesterday. What a tragedy! I will donate.
1 comments

jobattye

  2 months ago
So many lives lost RIP.
1 comments

Clarecats

  2 months ago
Thousands of tons of explosive materials stored for years in a dock warehouse. Who does that?
1 comments

darthcynic

  2 months ago
'Immediately after the outbreak, world leaders and the media speculated that Hezbollah was involved in this tragedy. [...] Do you think there could be any foul play involved?'
Highly unlikely. There was a well burning fire onsite where multiple small flashes some likened to fireworks could be seen within the smoke just before the big detonation occurs. While some criminal enterprise could have sparked the fire that led to catastrophe the event as yet does not seem to have been the result of an intentional bombing.
1 comments

D9419446y

  2 months ago
Just read the news... so sad..
1 comments

JoanaMoon

  2 months ago
It's always extremely sad when something like this happens .
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