Situation in Beirut as People Rally in City Centre and Port One Year Since Deadly Blast
12:05 GMT 04.08.2021 (Updated: 16:50 GMT 04.08.2021)
A year ago today, nearly 3,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded at the port of Beirut, killing more than 200 people, damaging parts of the city and leaving 300,000 people homeless.
Sputnik comes live from Beirut, Lebanon where on Wednesday, 4 August, people are taking to the streets to mark one year since a deadly and devastating blast occurred at the local port.
The tragedy was caused when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the port exploded. As a result of the blast, about 200 people were killed, hundreds more injured and 300,000 residents were left homeless.
The blast piled even more pressure on the already tough economic and social situation in Lebanon as the country has long been struggling with hyperinflation, fuel and food shortages and the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
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