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Lebanon: Dramatic Video of Explosion that Rocked Beirut

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A dramatic video caught the moment a massive blast rocked the port area of Beirut, Tuesday, August 4, killing scores, injuring thousands, and damaging buildings as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.
READ MORE: Lebanese President Michel Aoun is calling on the Cabinet to declare a two-week state of emergency in Beirut after a massive explosion early Tuesday destroyed much of the city’s port, killing at least 70 and injuring more than 3,500.

Although the official cause of the blast is unknown, Aoun tweeted: “I will not be satisfied until we find the person responsible for what happened to hold him accountable and impose the most severe penalties on him, because it is unacceptable that a shipment of ‘ammonium nitrate’ estimated at 2750 tons has been present for 6 years in a warehouse without taking preventive measures that endanger the safety of citizens.”

Condolences and support for the Lebanese people have poured in from all over the world, including neighboring Israel which immediately said it had “nothing to do” with the explosion. Relations between Israel and Lebanon are tense because the Lebanese-based terror group Hezbollah is massed along the southern border with Israel.

President Donald Trump said during Tuesday’s coronavirus briefing at the White House, “The United States stands ready to assist Lebanon. We will be there to help. It looks like a terrible attack."

Trump also said military officials he had spoken with thought the explosion was “a bomb of some kind.”

The Department of Defense, when asked about Trump’s comment, referred VOA to the White House.
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