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Lebanon: Prime Minister reveals cause of Beirut explosion, vows to punish those responsible

On Tuesday August 4, a massive explosion teared Lebanese capital Beirut, killing more 78 people, and injuring more than 4,000 people.

The explosion also sent a blast wave across the city that shattered windows, knocked down doors, and shook buildings.

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Lebanon’s prime minister, Hassan Diab, said the explosion was caused when an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was ignited, The Guardian reported.

He added that the chemical had been left unsecured for six years in a warehouse, even as he vowed to punish those responsible.

Diab also pleaded with the international community for assistance after the blast that shocked the world.

“I am sending an urgent appeal to friendly and brotherly countries … that love Lebanon, to stand by its side and help us treat these deep wounds,” Diab said.

From videos widely shared on social media, a column of smoke, and a large mushroom cloud was seen before a massive blast that brought the city to a standstill for a moment.

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Moments after the blast, BBC reported dead bodies, and showed people trapped beneath rubble.

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