Regional News • Middle East

Beirut explosion death toll rises to 137, residents demand answers

Tuesday's explosion in Beirut, that was caused by 2,750 tonnes of unsafely stored ammonium nitrate, has killed at least 137 people and injured approx. 5000. The government has put several Beirut port officials under house arrest pending an investigation into the explosion and has promised the "maximum punishment" for those responsible.

Beirut residents are now demanding answers, accusing authorities of neglect, corruption and mismanagement. "I've known all the time that we are led by incompetent people, incompetent government [...] But I tell you something - what they have done now is absolutely criminal," so the Beirut resident Chadia Elmeouchi Noun.

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