Death toll from Beirut explosion rises to 154 (UPDATED)
At least 154 people were killed as a result of the explosion in Beirut’s port, the Sky News Arabia TV channel reported on Friday.
Earlier, 149 casualties and over 5,000 injured had been reported.
A powerful blast rocked the Beirut seaport district on August 4, sending a shockwave that ripped through residential areas of the Lebanese capital. The shockwave destroyed and damaged dozens of buildings and cars, leaving over 300,000 people homeless. According to local law enforcement, the blast was caused by the detonation at a warehouse during welding of over 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, confiscated by the customs services over six years ago.
At least 149 people died, over 5,000 were injured in a powerful explosion on August 4 in the seaport of Beirut, according to TASS.
Information about 145 victims was reported earlier.
A powerful blast rocked the Beirut seaport area near the Lebanese Navy’s base on August 4, sending a shockwave through residential neighborhoods of the Lebanese capital. The shockwave destroyed and damaged dozens of buildings and cars, while more than 300,000 people were left without homes. Local authorities said the blast was caused by the detonation of more than 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, stored in the port after being confiscated by customs services in 2015. Lebanese authorities have detained 16 officials from the administration of Beirut’s seaport.