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A helicopter fights a fire at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4.

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Updated 2334 GMT (0734 HKT) August 4, 2020

A helicopter fights a fire at the scene of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, August 4.

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Dozens are dead and thousands are injured after a massive explosion Tuesday in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

The cause of the blast, near the city's port, remains unclear. It was initially blamed on a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers, the state-run National News Agency reported. The director of the general security directorate later said the blast was caused by "high-explosive materials confiscated years ago," but he did not provide further detaRead More – Source