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Beirut blast: Eyewitnesses describe the power of the explosion

Eyewitnesses have described how a huge blast rocked Lebanon's capital, killing and injuring dozens of people.

It is not yet clear what caused the explosion at the city's port, however officials say it is mostly likely an accident, and not a deliberate act.

The blast has happened at a sensitive time for Lebanon, which is struggling through an economic crisis. Tensions are also high as the long-awaited verdict in the trial over the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was just two days away.

Survivors of the explosion say it has brought back traumatic memories of past bombings, including that which killed Mr Hariri.

  • 04 Aug 2020
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