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Beirut Continues To Pick Up Pieces From Deadly Explosion

Reporter Ron Chang ㅣ 2020-08-06 17:36

A group of men walk past the site of Tuesday's blast in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 6, 2020.
A group of men walk past the site of Tuesday's blast in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 6, 2020.
[Anchor]

Three days of national mourning have begun in Lebanon following Tuesday's catastrophic explosion in Beirut that killed at least 137 people, injured thousands and made hundreds of thousands homeless.

As people continue to search for those missing, anger at the failures of the country's political elite has been rising.

Abbas al Halway is a volunteer taking part in the cleanup operation.

[Clip: Halway]

"I'm 24 years old and I've lived in Lebanon all my life. I've never seen the country destroyed to this extent. We're not organized but we come together to clean up the country from corruption and from thieves. Today, we're carrying brooms, but tomorrow, we will pick ourselves up and lead."

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French President Emmanuel Macron will be in the city on Thursday in the first visit by a world leader since the deadly blast.

Earlier, Macron said he would bring a message of brotherhood and solidarity to the former French protectorate, and take stock with the political authorities.

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