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Large Blast Rattles the Port of Beirut in Lebanon

A large blast in the Lebanese capital of Beirut has just shook the city with reports of widespread destruction and a high number of injuries. Lebanon is currently in the midst of a social and economic crisis which has pushed Lebanese people to protest the deteriorating conditions in their country this past year.

Maryam Alaniz

August 4, 2020
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A huge explosion in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut has led to widespread destruction and damaged buildings across the city. There have been reports of a “very high number of injuries” after the blast. 

The cause of the massive blast that originated near the city’s port is not immediately known but Lebanon’s national news agency said it may have been caused by a fire at a fireworks warehouse.

Lebanon is currently grappling with a number of social, political, and economic crises, including the deadly pandemic and a severe economic crisis. Today, Lebanon’s inflation rate exceeded 50 percent per month for the 30th consecutive day. Its spiralling economy and high levels of debt have pushed many Lebanese people to protest in the streets this year as unemployment soars and living conditions continue to deteroitate. 

On Friday, the crisis-wearty country is also bracing for a U.N.-backed court to deliver a verdict on the death of its former Sunni Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was killed by a truck bomb in 2005. The death of al-Hariri triggered political turmoil for the country’s sectarian political system. 

This is a developing story. 

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Maryam Alaniz

Maryam Alaniz is a socialist journalist, activist, and PhD student living in NYC. She mostly writes about the international situation and social movements. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryamAlaniz

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