Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. As of 2007 it had an estimated population of slightly more than 1 million to 2.2 million as part of Greater Beirut, which makes it the third-largest city in the Levant region, which is: present-day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine and most of Turkey south-east of the middle Euphrates. It is the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.
Beirut is an important regional seaport.
2020 Beirut blast
On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate, stored at the port of the city, exploded. This caused at least 190 deaths, 3 missing, 6500 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. Around 2750 tonnes of the substance (equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT) had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years, after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus. The explosion was preceded by a fire in the same warehouse, but as of September 2020, the exact cause of the detonation is still under investigation.
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