Explosion Rocks Lebanese Capital, Killing Dozens

Headline Roundup August 4th, 2020

A massive explosion in Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, killed dozens and injured thousands Tuesday. Initial reports from Lebanese officials suggest the blast was caused by a warehouse fire; the warehouse was reportedly home to highly explosive materials.

Reporting throughout the spectrum was largely uniform, often deferring to statements from Lebanese leaders and health officials. However, some reports framed official statements from Lebanese leaders as fact, while other coverage conveyed more skepticism about the blast's cause. Others also focused on initial speculation that Israel was responsible for the explosion; Israeli officials denied this, and verbally offered to aid the recovery effort.

Explosion Rocks Lebanese Capital, Killing Dozens

From the Right
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The capital city of Lebanon experienced a massive explosion Tuesday afternoon, according to preliminary media reports.

Videos of the explosion in Beirut have been circulating online, and some of the videos show a ring moving away from the site while a large plume of orange-tinged smoke subsequently erupts into the air.

According to the Associated Press, the massive explosion appears to have occurred near the sea port, which connects the capital city to the Mediterranean Sea.

Videos circulating from purportedly after the blast show destruction in the city,...

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From the Left
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BEIRUT — A "colossal" explosion rocked the port area of Lebanon's capital, Beirut, on Tuesday, injuring thousands and causing widespread damage in a densely populated part of the city.

At least 3,000 people have been injured and 50 killed, Minister of Health Hassan Hamad said at a press conference. Those numbers are likely to rise with hospitals filling up fast.

Images and videos on social media appear to show large plumes of smoke and damaged buildings in the Middle Eastern country, but the cause of the blast and its exact...

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BEIRUT—Dozens of people were confirmed dead and thousands more injured after a massive explosion caused by a warehouse fire rocked Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut.

The warehouse held highly explosive material, including sodium nitrate, said an official with Lebanon’s army. He said the explosion was likely caused by a fire, and wasn’t an attack. Sodium nitrate, used to make fertilizer and fireworks, can be explosive and accelerates the burning of other materials, according to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The blast is the latest blow for Lebanon, a...

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