100 Dead in Lebanon explosion

100 Dead in Lebanon explosion

Posted on 08/06/2020

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A national day of morning is declared in Lebanon.

At least 100 people were killed and thousands injured after a massive explosion Tuesday in Lebanon's capital city Beirut.

The explosion sent on mushroom-cloud towering into the sky.

According to officials, the blast could be felt in the neighboring island of Cyprus about 150-miles away.

Wednesday Lebanon's health minister said hundreds have been reported missing, raising fears that the death toll will rise.

It's still unclear what exactly caused the explosion.

Tuesday President Trump said the explosion looked like a "terrible attack."

But three US Defense Department officials tell CNN there is no sign of a strike.

A Lebanese official says the explosion was caused by "high explosives materials."

Lebanon's prime minister says at least 27-hundred tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate was being stored in a warehouse at the city's port.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun says it had been stored there for six years without safety measures at the port.

Auon promised a transparent investigation will be held into the explosion and vowed that those responsible will be held accountable and punished.

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