Beirut Explosion: All you need to know

The entire city was shook by the blast, and one could see a mushroom cloud rising over the port sector. The explosion was triggered by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely in a factory, President Michel Aoun said. 

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For agriculture, ammonium nitrate is used as a fertiliser and as an explosive.
The explosion on the island of Cyprus, in the eastern Mediterranean, was also felt 240 km (150 miles) away with people there saying they thought it was an earthquake.
Regional media reported people trapped under debris, and video footage shows destroyed cars and buildings damaged by explosion. There was a saying that hospitals were overwhelmed.George Kettani, the head of Lebanon's Red Cross, described it as a "major tragedy," adding: "Everywhere there are victims and casualties."

The Red Cross said building morgues was collaborating with the Lebanese Ministry of Health.It added that there was still a search and rescue operation under way to find the more than 100 missing persons.

Lebanese officials have said that at least 100 people have been killed and about 4,000 have been injured in a huge explosion in Beirut, the capital's port.

Tuesday's explosion sent shockwaves throughout the area, causing extensive damage even at the capital 's outskirts.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast. The blast was connected by officials to some 2,700 tons of seized ammonium nitrate that had been stored for six years in a port warehouse.

Following the explosion Lebanese President Michel Aoun convened the High Defense Council of the country.

What triggered the explosion?

Officials said an investigation was under way to determine the exact trigger that triggered the explosion of the ammonium nitrate-allegedly stored in a warehouse after it was removed from a ship impounded at the port in 2013. 


Trump says explosion 'looks like a terrible attack'


The massive blast that shook Beirut seemed to be a "terrible assault" said US President Donald Trump.

"We have a very strong relationship with the Lebanese people and we will be there to help. It looks like a horrible assault," Trump told White House reporters.

"I've met some of our great generals and they just seem to believe this wasn't some kind of an event's kind of explosion manufacturing ... they seem to think it was an assault. This was some kind of blast."

Nonetheless, the US president did not provide any facts to support his argument.



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