Lebanon: Beirut residents return to their homes despite after deadly port blasts

Beirut residents were seen working on the reconstruction of their homes, Thursday, as they had to return home despite the destruction and damage caused by the deadly blasts in Beirut port in early August. One of the local residents said, «At the time of the explosion I was standing here, and my daughter here and my wife was there. We were lifted and carried by the blast towards the stairs by the force of pressure.» «On the second day, we came to the house. The house was completely destroyed,» another resident added. «We will do what is necessary and will not leave the house, even if we have to set up a tent and sleep outside,» another citizen stressed. The Beirut port blasts of August 4th resulted in the deaths of around 200 people, injuring more than 6,000 and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port.

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