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Beirut blast death toll has reached 171, while 30-40 people are reported missing, RIA Novosti reported referring to the Lebanese TV channel LBC.

According to the country's acting minister of health Hamad Hasan, about 1,500 victims need special medical care.

A huge blast occurred near the port of Beirut on 4 August. Hundreds of houses and cars were destroyed and damaged, glass was shattered in many quarters of the Lebanese capital, and some buildings were destroyed. According to authorities, the cause was the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate seized by customs in 2014 and stored in a warehouse. The Lebanese government has resigned on Monday.

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