Tag: Lebanon

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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Beirut Residents Describe the Trauma of the Explosion

Chris’ car. Photo courtesy of the interviewee. This article originally appeared on VICE Arabia. Yesterday, I woke up hearing my mother crying while watching the news. She has been crying since Tuesday, when an explosion of apocalyptic proportions hit the Lebanese capital of Beirut and destroyed half of the city, leaving a trail of death […]

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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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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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Beirut Blast Will Send Lebanon ‘Rushing Towards Collapse,’ Say Experts

Destroyed buildings are visible a day after a massive explosion occurred at the port in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: Daniel Carde / Getty Images. The apocalyptic explosions that damaged half of Beirut on Tuesday would be devastating in any country. But in fragile Lebanon, a country already mired in crisis, the impact could push the country to […]

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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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Explosions Rock East Beirut

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates. BEIRUT, Lebanon — A pair of explosions shook the center of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, damaging buildings in several neighborhoods, causing widespread injuries and sending a giant pink cloud rising from near the city’s port. The state-run National News Agency reported that a fire […]

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Lebanon Is Exhausted

BEIRUT — Anyone who knows Lebanon has heard this: The Lebanese are resilient. A reputation earned by weathering an outsize list of challenges over the years: a 15-year civil war, political tensions with Syria, wars with Israel and a collapsing public service infrastructure. Economic collapse, exacerbated by a coronavirus lockdown in March, is the latest […]

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Scorching Temperatures Bake Middle East Amid Eid al-Adha Celebrations

BAGHDAD — A sweltering 125 degrees Fahrenheit in Baghdad on Tuesday; a record 115 degrees in Damascus on Wednesday. And extreme levels of heat in Israel and Lebanon. Several countries in the Middle East experienced record high temperatures this week as many marked the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha amid the coronavirus pandemic. The heat […]

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Fighting on Lebanon Border as Tensions Rise Between Israel and Hezbollah

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military said Monday that it had thwarted a raid by a Hezbollah “terrorist squad” in a disputed area along its northern border with Lebanon, resulting in an exchange of fire. An Israeli military spokesman said the squad, armed with assault rifles, had crossed an unfenced section of the boundary into Israel […]

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Bartering Child’s Dress for Food: Life in Lebanon’s Economic Crisis

BEIRUT, Lebanon — For three decades, Chef Antoine El Hajj has appeared on television five days a week to help cooks across Lebanon improve their grasp of the culinary arts. Two months ago, as an economic crisis caused Lebanon’s currency to collapse and prices to soar, he realized that many of his viewers could no […]

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