Two years on, the Beirut port blast still torments families

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August 4, a national day of mourning in Lebanon that carries the heaviest weight of grief and anger, returns to mark the second anniversary of the Beirut port explosion that took hundreds of lives, displaced thousands, and destroyed most of Beirut’s neighbourhoods. The nearest fire crew was based just a few hundred metres from the port and CCTV captured the moment they were alerted to the emergency at 5:54 PM. The church bells rang at 6 PM and at 6:04 PM the arrival of the fire truck was filmed by one of Beirut’s residents living near the port. A paramedic on the ground with the fire brigade f…

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