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Army: Hope of Finding More Survivors of Beirut Blast is Fading

Army: Hope of Finding More Survivors of Beirut Blast is Fading

Sunday, 9 August, 2020 - 19:00
The coffin of a victim who was killed in last Tuesday's Beirut Port blast. EPA photo

The Lebanese army said on Sunday that hope was fading of finding more survivors from Tuesday's explosion at Beirut Port which left thousands of victims.

The health ministry on Saturday said 21 people were still missing following the explosion, which destroyed parts of Beirut, killing at least 158 people and injuring about 6,000.

Officials have said the blast was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a substance used in manufacturing fertilizers and bombs, which had been stored for six years in a nearby warehouse without adequate safety measures.

The families of the missing say the rescue response has been too slow and disorganized and that whatever chance there was for finding them alive is being lost.

The army also denied Sunday news reports that a Lebanese organization has established tunnels under Beirut’s port.

It said the grain silo that was destroyed at the port has an underground operations room used by workers.

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