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Fire breaks out at Beirut port

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/10/20, 11:31 am

Smoke billowed in Lebanon’s capital again on Thursday morning a little more than a month after a deadly explosion at the port. Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene, and army helicopters helped fight the blaze. Beirut Gov. Marwan Abboud asked residents to stay away from roads leading to the port to keep them clear for emergency services.

What started the fire? The Lebanese army said the blaze erupted at a warehouse storing oil and tires in the duty-free zone, but the cause remained unclear. On Tuesday, firefighters quickly extinguished a smaller fire at the port. The city is still recovering after nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded on Aug. 4, killing more than 190 people and injuring approximately 6,500 others.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s on-the-ground report from Beirut on the aftermath of last month’s explosion.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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