Beirut Explosion: Roof Is Partly Torn Off Apartment

A massive explosion rocked Lebanon’s capital of Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the city and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

Footage shot by an Associated Press journalist showed the extensive damage to their apartment in the city, including the roof above a bedroom being partly torn off.

Many were killed and over 3,000 people injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

Windows and doors were blown out in buildings for miles around.

The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but initial reports suggested a fire had detonated a warehouse at the port.
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In This Story: Lebanon

Lebanon, officially known as the Lebanese Republic, is a country in the Levant region of Western Asia, and the transcontinental region of the Middle East.

The official language, Arabic, is the most common language spoken by the citizens of Lebanon. Its capital is Beirut.

Lebanon was a founding member of the United Nations in 1945 and is a member of the Arab League (1945), the Non-Aligned Movement (1961), Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation (1969), and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (1973).

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