Massive explosions in Beirut kill dozens, injure over 3,000

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Two massive explosions rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom high into the sky. More than 70 people have been killed and more than 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.Hours later, ambulances were still carrying the wounded as army helicopters helped fight the fires raging in the harbor. A port soldier, who asked not to be named, told AFP: “It’s a disaster inside. There are corpses on the ground. Ambulances are still lifting the dead. “

Smoke rises after explosion in Beirut
Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4, 2020, in this photo obtained from a video on social media. Karim Sokhn / Instagram / Ksokhn + Thebikekitchenbeirut / via Reuters

Sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with Coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis: Beirut’s hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies and generators to stay on.

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