Beirut

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Place.png Beirut
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Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. As of 2007 it had an estimated population of slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region, which is: present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and most of Turkey south-east of the middle Euphrates. It is the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.

Beirut is an important regional seaport.

2020 Beirut blast

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On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate, stored at the port of the city, exploded. This caused at least 190 deaths, 3 missing, 6500 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. Around 2750 tonnes of the substance (equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT) had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years, after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus. The explosion was preceded by a fire in the same warehouse, but as of September 2020, the exact cause of the detonation is still under investigation.


 

Event

Event
1983 Beirut barracks bombings

 

Groups Headquartered Here

GroupDescription
HezbollahLebanese political party and militia
LebanonReligiously diverse Middle Eastern country.

 

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Horror in Beirut by Philip Giraldi.pdfarticle11 August 2020Philip GiraldiWas it an accident or a warning?


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