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Tuesday’s powerful explosion at the port of Beirut has killed at least 149 people and injured more than 5,000 others. This was reported by the Lebanese newspaper L'Orient-Le Jour, citing a source at the Ministry of Public Health.

The shock wave from the blast destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings, leaving more than 300,000 people homeless.

According to the Lebanese interior ministry, the cause of this tragedy was the 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate—which was confiscated by customs services six years ago—catching fire during welding.

Authorities have arrested 16 members of the port's management, including its director, in connection with this incident.

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