Fire hits Beirut port area one month after big explosion

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Fire hits Beirut port area one month after big explosion




Column of smoke in the port region of Beirut


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Column of smoke in the port region of Beirut


BEIRUT (Reuters) – A stockpile of oil and tires in the port region of Beirut caught fire on Thursday, an Armed Forces source said, just over a month after a massive explosion devastated the site and a residential area around the city. Lebanese capital.

The fire broke out in the port’s free zone, raising a huge plume of smoke over the city. The military source claimed that the cause of the fire was not immediately clarified.

Television footage showed firefighters trying to extinguish the flames at the port, where warehouses and concrete silos that store grain were destroyed by the August 4 explosion.

About 190 people died in the explosion last month and an area of ​​Beirut near the port was destroyed. The explosion was caused by a large stockpile of ammonium nitrate that was kept in poor condition at the site for years.

(By Alaa Kanaan and Reuters reporters)

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