Beirut in Mourning after Massive Blast

A ship burns at the port of Beirut following yesterday's massive explosion. Image: AFP via Getty
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A ship burns at the port of Beirut following yesterday's massive explosion. Image: AFP via Getty

A catastrophic explosion that rocked Beirut yesterday killed more than 100, injured thousands more, filled the streets with ambulances, and was felt as far away as Cyprus, the Middle East Eye reports.

The blast scene—a warehouse in the city’s port where ~2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate had been stored unsafely for 6 years—still smoldered this morning.

Hospitals are overwhelmed caring for the 4,000+ injured, according to the Lebanese Red Cross, and the death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers search the rubble, Al Jazeera reports.

More than 300,000 people woke up homeless.
 
“It's like a war zone. I'm speechless,” Beirut’s mayor, Jamal Itani, told Reuters while surveying the damage.
 

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