The death toll from the ammonium nitrate blast rises to 137 as the number of wounded reaches at least 5,000, compounding public anger that erupted in protests last year against a government seen as corrupt and inefficient.
The government declares two-week state of emergency in Beirut after the massive blast in the port area of the capital kills at least 135 people with some 5,000 wounded and tens still missing.
The blast in Beirut shook the city resulting in widespread devastation. Questions remain over why the cargo was allowed to remain at the port for so long.
Lebanon imports 80 percent of its food supplies and the Port of Beirut was a vital lifeline for the country’s grain imports, storing 85 percent of its cereals.
Beirut is a city in shock but its residents are clear-eyed about who they see as the culprit behind the disaster at the port.
Despite strict rules regulating the trade of ammonium nitrate, businesses often fail to take necessary precautions.
Frantic Lebanese set up social media pages to search for missing loved ones, many of whom are believed to be stuck under rubble after a mammoth port blast split through Lebanon's capital, leaving 300,000 homeless.
Whatever the immediate cause, the reason for the deadly explosion in Beirut is criminal neglect and a rotten system built and maintained by the country’s political elite.
Lebanese Red Cross says at least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 wounded in the massive explosion at a port in Beirut.
With deaths and injuries on the rise, nations are offering help and people are taking to social media to express solidarity and condolences.
US government brokers a deal that would see Syria’s oil finance a terror group.
In a rare statement acknowledging strikes in neighbouring Syria, the Israeli army said its targets included “observation posts and intelligence collection systems, anti-aircraft artillery facilities and command and control systems".
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