Massive explosion rocks Beirut, killing more than 50 and injuring thousands | ABC News

A massive explosion rocks Beirut, killing more than 60 people, including at least one Australian, injuring thousands of others, destroying homes and causing widespread destruction across Lebanon’s capital city.

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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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