A warning: there are distressing images right from the start of this report.
The famously resilient soul of Beirut trampled unmercilessly once more. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)
Amongst the rubble and twisted steel the need for accountability: port officials where the chemicals were stored have been put under house arrest and the country, which has seen its share of political unrest this year has been placed under a two week state of emergency.
The explosion happened in the port area of the city centre: on one side the Mediterranean, on the other – tightly knit residential and commercial districts.
The destruction from the shockwaves was both immediate and all-encompassing.
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