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9 people are still missing after Beirut port explosion

Smoke rises from the scene of the explosion in the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, August 5, 2020. (AP/Hussein Malla, File)

PortandTerminal.com, September 20, 2020

BEIRUT – The Lebanese army announced Saturday that nine people are still missing more than six weeks after last month’s explosion at the Port of Beirut.

A military statement said that two Syrian nationals were among those still missing after the blast.

Wounded people evacuate after a massive explosion in Beirut
Wounded people evacuate after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2020. PHOTO: Hassan Ammar—AP

“This file will remain open as long as investigations continue,” the statement said.

On Aug. 4, a huge explosion in the Port of Beirut rocked the city, killing 192 people and injuring over 6,000 people.

The blast caused damage estimated at $15 billion, according to official figures, and occurred as Lebanon was already experiencing its worst economic crisis, with a dramatic drop in the value of the Lebanese pound against the dollar.

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