Tag: Beirut (Lebanon)

Beirut’s Shiites Like the Idea of Change, but Like Hezbollah More

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Near sunset, squads of young men gather along the narrow roads that lead in and out of their working-class Shiite neighborhood. They block off the streets with metal barricades. Some arrive on scooters, wielding walkie-talkies, a sign of privilege in an area where many people struggle to buy food or pay a […]

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Lebanon’s Parliament Confirms State of Emergency, Extending Army Power

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In its first session since a devastating explosion rocked Beirut last week, Lebanon’s Parliament approved a state of emergency that extends sweeping powers to the army in the city, a situation that rights groups have said could pose a threat to freedoms. A two-week emergency was first declared by the cabinet in […]

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Could the Beirut Explosion Be a Turning Point for Lebanon?

The appalling negligence that left more than 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate sitting for more than six years at Lebanon’s port in Beirut, just waiting to explode, perfectly if tragically encapsulates the official corruption and incompetence in a country where almost everything that can go wrong does go wrong. The huge explosion that resulted last […]

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Beirut’s Youngest Cancer Patients Lose Care Options After Blast

The children being treated at Beirut’s St. George Hospital built an extended family with each other, painting and dancing together when they had the energy and rubbing each other’s backs when they vomited after chemotherapy sessions. Now, these cancer-stricken children are struggling to keep up with their treatment, and preserve the bonds they developed with […]

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U.S. Contractor Knew of Explosive Material in Beirut Since at Least 2016

An American contractor working with the U.S. Army warned at least four years ago about a large cache of potentially explosive chemicals that was stored in Beirut’s port in unsafe conditions, according to a United States diplomatic cable. The presence of the chemicals was spotted and reported by an American port security expert during a […]

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Lebanon’s Government Set to Resign, Minister Announces, After Beirut Blast

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Lebanon’s cabinet was set to resign on Monday, the health minister said, a move that could open a new political void as the country struggles to recover from a massive explosion last week that ravaged swaths of the capital. The minister, Hamad Hassan, announced the decision to reporters after a cabinet meeting […]

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Beirut Blast Hit 3 Disparate Neighborhoods. Now They’re United in Rage.

BEIRUT, Lebanon — For months, the restaurateurs poured their time and money into a gamble on a new joint called “The Barn.” Conceived as a healthy eatery in the hip, historic Beirut neighborhood of Gemmayzeh, it was set to open on Monday with organic produce and a curved marble bar. But the explosion that ripped […]

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After Beirut Explosion, Protests Erupt as Lebanon’s Anger Boils Over

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Clashes between demonstrators and security forces broke out near Lebanon’s Parliament on Saturday at a protest fueled by the vast public anger over the death and destruction caused by a huge explosion in Beirut’s port this week. Many Lebanese see the blast, which sent a shock wave through the capital that destroyed […]

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As Lebanon Reels, Long-Awaited Hariri Assassination Verdicts Loom

The blast ripped off balconies along the Mediterranean, smashed windows blocks away and echoed across Beirut, leaving a city shattered by the immeasurable loss. It happened 15 years, five months and three weeks ago, when Rafik Hariri, Lebanon’s former prime minister, was assassinated along with 21 others by a suicide bomber in an explosives-packed van […]

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Beirut on the Potomac

MILAN — A society at the point of detonation suffers from internal rot. This was true, for example, of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires in 1914. I am interested in two contemporary cases: the spark that blew up 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored since 2014 in a warehouse at Beirut’s port, and the pathogen […]

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Lebanon Faces Humanitarian Crisis After Beirut Explosion, U.N. Says

As rescue workers continued to comb the debris for survivors of the deadly explosion in the port of Beirut, and as the United Nations warned that Lebanon faced a humanitarian catastrophe, the nation’s leaders debated the possible cause of the blast but provided little new information. Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, on Friday raised the prospect […]

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Ship Blamed in Beirut Explosion Hasn’t Sailed in 7 Years. We Found It.

On Nov. 21, 2013, at 11:27 a.m., a leaky ship arrived in Beirut’s port. It never left, and its volatile cargo would lead to tragedy in the city almost seven years later. The Rhosus was loaded with 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which is believed to have blown up most of the port and damaged […]

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A Promising Life Is Cut Short, Becoming a Symbol of Lebanon’s Heartache

On Thursday, Sahar Fares’s fiancé and family gave her the wedding party she will never have. A zaffe band played for her, the flute striking a joyful tune while drums kept the beat, as family and friends threw rice and flower petals. The musicians, in festive, gold-embroidered white gowns, played while uniformed firefighters carried her […]

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After Beirut Explosion, Funerals and Fury

Lebanon began an official period of national mourning on Thursday, two days after a powerful explosion in Beirut flattened whole neighborhoods in the bustling metropolis, even as rescue crews from around the world began arriving to help in the search for survivors. The official death toll rose to 137, and with more than 5,000 people […]

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Blame for Beirut Explosion Begins With a Leaky, Troubled Ship

CAIRO — The countdown to catastrophe in Beirut started six years ago when a troubled, Russian-leased cargo ship made an unscheduled stop at the city’s port. The ship was trailed by debts, crewed by disgruntled sailors and dogged by a small hole in its hull that meant water had to be constantly pumped out. And […]

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As Smoke Clears in Beirut, Shock Turns to Anger

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Since an orphaned shipment of highly explosive chemicals arrived at the port of Beirut in 2013, Lebanese officials treated it the way they have dealt with the country’s lack of electricity, poisonous tap water and overflowing garbage: by bickering and hoping the problem might solve itself. But the 2,750 tons of high-density […]

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The Beirut Explosions: It Sounded Like the World Was Breaking Open

BEIRUT, Lebanon — It began as a rumble. A deep bass rattling through the building. And then a roar for seven, eight, nine seconds, an eternity. A sound that could be made only by the world itself breaking open. I was certain it was an earthquake. My husband rushed from the balcony to our bedroom. […]

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What Footage of the Beirut Explosion Tells Us About the Blast

The massive explosion in Beirut’s port on Tuesday shattered windows more than a mile away and sent a plume of smoke and debris soaring above the city’s tallest buildings. It was so intense that the blast was felt at least 150 miles away in Cyprus. It killed at least 135 people, injured at least 5,000 […]

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What is Ammonium Nitrate, Blamed in the Beirut Explosion?

John Ismay was a bomb disposal officer in the U.S. Navy before he became a reporter for The Times Magazine’s At War section. Here is the information he has gathered about the explosion in Beirut. Lebanese officials say that thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at the port in Beirut caused […]

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Beirut Digs for Survivors as Death Toll in Explosion Rises: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: Video Satellite images showing the scale of destruction in Beirut.CreditCredit…Photographs by Maxar Technologies Search is on for survivors after blast kills more than 100. Rescue workers still struggling to treat thousands of people wounded in an enormous explosion that rocked Beirut turned their attention on Wednesday morning to the […]

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Lebanon’s Explosion Is Down to Incompetence

My first summer job was at the port of Beirut. It was the late ’90s and I was just a teenager. I spent muggy months entering shipping data as part of an ambitious new program to move the port from analogue to digital log keeping. It was as unglamorous as you would expect from a […]

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What Caused the Beirut Explosion? What We Know

A pair of explosions, the second much bigger than the first, struck the city of Beirut early Tuesday evening, killing at least 100 people, wounding more than 4,000 and causing widespread damage. The second blast sent a billowing, reddish plume high above the city’s port and created a shock wave that shattered glass for miles. […]

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After Deadly Beirut Explosion, a Search for Answers and Survivors: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageAn aerial view of the devastation left on Wednesday after an explosion hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon.Credit…Hussein Malla/Associated Press Search is on for survivors after blast kills more than 100. An enormous explosion sent shock waves across Lebanon on Tuesday, killing more than 100 people and injuring more […]

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Blasts Rock Beirut, Killing Dozens and Wounding Thousands

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The blasts came within seconds of each other. First, an explosion in Beirut’s port, possibly from a fireworks warehouse, sent a plume of smoke billowing over the capital skyline early Tuesday evening. Then a much larger explosion from a building nearby shot a chrysanthemum of orange and red smoke into the air […]

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Beirut Explosion: ‘I Was Bloodied and Dazed. Beirut Strangers Treated Me Like a Friend.’

ImageThe injured being evacuated after a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.Credit…Hassan Ammar/Associated Press BEIRUT — I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on Tuesday afternoon — “the port seems to be burning,” she said — when my whole building shook, as if startled, by the deepest […]

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Vaccine, Beirut, Census: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. ImageCredit…Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. Novavax, a closely watched vaccine maker that got $1.6 billion from the federal government, announced encouraging results in two preliminary studies. In one study, 56 volunteers produced a high level of antibodies against […]

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