Front Burner

The aftermath of the Beirut explosion

A Lebanese journalist gives his first-hand account of Tuesday’s explosion in Beirut and examines the challenges of rebuilding a city scarred by conflict and economic crisis.
The damage at the site of Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area in Lebanon. (REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir)
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The explosion near Beirut's port on Tuesday killed 135 people and injured thousands more, according to the Lebanese health ministry. 

Officials say 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was the cause. According to public records, the chemicals were held at the port for six years, despite warnings about the danger they posed.

Today on Front Burner, we get a first-hand account of the explosion and aftermath from Hanna Anbar of Lebanon's Daily Star newspaper, and discuss the challenge of rebuilding in a country already deep in economic crisis.

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