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Beirut declared a disaster area

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Бейрут объявили зоной бедствия

The Lebanese capital Beirut declared a disaster area after a powerful explosion in the port city. This decision was made following an emergency meeting of the Supreme defence Council (VSO) of Lebanon, chaired by the President of the Republic Michel Aoun, reports TASS.

In addition, there will be a special Commission to investigate the incident. The report should be prepared within five days. The Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the possibility of introducing a state of emergency in the capital in two weeks.

A powerful explosion occurred near the port of Beirut on the evening of 4 August. Killed at least 50 people, and more than 2,700 injured. Affected many areas of the city, including were hurt in the blast at the Russian Embassy.

The head of General security of the country, General Abbas Ibrahim said that, according to preliminary data, detonated explosives for a long time kept in the port. The interior Ministry clarified that we are talking about the explosion of ammonium nitrate. According to some, at the warehouse a short circuit happened that caused the fire, causing the ammonium nitrate exploded.

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