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I'm closely following news aboutthe explosion in Beirut, Lebanon   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Aug-5 by MerlinsDad; 218 views.
MerlinsDad

Poll Question From MerlinsDad

Aug-5

I'm closely following news aboutthe explosion in Beirut, Lebanon
  • Yes4  votes
    36%
  • No2  votes
    18%
  • What a terrible thing to happen3  votes
    27%
  • I don't know anything about it1  vote
    9%
  • Other1  vote
    9%
Yes 
No 
What a terrible thing to happen 
I don't know anything about it 
Other 
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MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Aug-5

news item from CNN August 5
https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/05/middleeast/beirut-blast-explainer-intl-hnk/index.html

A massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday evening, leaving dozens dead and thousands injured.

The blast has been linked to a large supply of confiscated and potentially unsecured explosive material, stored in a warehouse at the city's port, close to populated areas. As world leaders and international organizations step in to offer assistance, local officials are also launching an investigation into the blast.
 
As day breaks in Lebanon, authorities are scrambling to treat the wounded, search for survivors, and assess the full extent of the damage. Here's what we know so far.
 

The explosion took place at 6:07 p.m. local time near Beirut's port and central district, close to many highly-populated areas and tourist sites.

At least 100 people were killed in the blast and more than 4,000 wounded, according to the state-run National News Agency (NNA), which cited the Red Cross.
 
The death toll is expected to continue rising throughout the day, said Health Minister Hamad Hassan in a phone interview Wednesday morning with one of Lebanon's national television channels.
 
"There are many people missing until now. People are asking the emergency department about their loved ones and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. We are facing a real catastrophe and need time to assess the extent of damages," Hasan said in a Reuters report.

News item from The New York Times  August 5
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/world/middleeast/beirut-explosion-what-happened.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200805&instance_id=20988&nl=the-morning&regi_id=85883800&segment_id=35289&te=1&user_id=792b54e58091755fc36e32ed38715b43

A pair of explosions, the second much bigger than the first, struck the city of Beirut early Tuesday evening, killing at least 100 people, wounding more than 4,000 and causing widespread damage.

The second blast sent a billowing, reddish plume high above the city’s port and created a shock wave that shattered glass for miles. On Wednesday morning, despite a huge search operation, dozens were still missing in the city, the capital of Lebanon on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

As the authorities piece together what happened, here is a look at what we know and what we don’t.

The exact cause remains undetermined. The first blast may have been in a fireworks warehouse at the port. Officials say the second, more devastating explosion most likely came from a nearby 2,750-ton stockpile of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical often used as fertilizer, which Prime Minister Hassan Diab said had been stored in a depot for six years.

Investigators will try to determine whether the blasts were accidents or intentionally triggered. Beirut was engulfed in civil war from 1975 to 1990 and has seen bombings and conflict since then, raising fears of a possible return of violence. But Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon’s general security service, warned against speculating about terrorism before the facts were known.

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MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Aug-5

Here's some good photos.  Some photos of the injured are fairly graphic.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/middleeast/gallery/beirut-explosion/index.html

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MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Aug-5

Update
August 5

News item from CNN

The thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate that Lebanese officials are blaming for the huge explosion arrived in the city aboard an ailing, Russian-owned cargo ship that made an unscheduled stop in the city more than six years ago.

Lebanese customs officials wrote letters to the courts at least six times from 2014 to 2017, seeking guidance on how to dispose of the highly combustible material, according to public records cited by a Lebanese lawmaker, Salim Aoun.

The Russian-owned, Moldovan-registered ship, the Rhosus, arrived in Beirut in November 2013, just under two months after it had left Georgia en route for the port of Beira in Mozambique. Lebanese port officials discovered “significant faults” on the ship and prevented it from continuing its journey, according to an account by lawyers for the ship’s crew published in 2015.

The ship’s Russian captain gave an interview on Wednesday with Radio Free Europe, challenging parts of the account provided by Lebanese officials, saying there was nothing wrong with the ship and that it was held for failure to pay port dues.

The vessel’s owner was identified as Igor Grechushkin, a Russian businessman living in Cyprus, but he appeared to abandon the ship soon after it ran into trouble, prompting a lengthy legal and diplomatic dispute.

The ship’s captain and several crew members were at first forced by the Lebanese authorities to remain on board. They told the authorities that they worried about the danger to their safety from the ship’s cargo, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.

They were allowed to leave in 2015. That left Lebanese officials in charge of the deadly cargo, which by then had been moved into storage on a wharf at the Beirut port.

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kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

Aug-5

Wasn't paying too much attention until today when I saw an news item showing a bride in a lace wedding dress have it blown off by the force of the explosion .
MerlinsDad

From: MerlinsDad 

Aug-5

I saw that.

kizmet1

From: kizmet1 

Aug-6

Pretty powerful. She is lucky she is alive.
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