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Excavators clear debris from ruined Beirut port

The destroyed port of Beirut lays covered in debris on Thursday, over a week on since a deadly blast ripped through the city.

The August 4 blast at a warehouse storing highly explosive material killed at least 172 people, injured some 6,000, left around 300,000 without habitable housing and wrecked swathes of the Mediterranean city, compounding a deep economic and financial crisis.

Some 30-40 people are still missing more than a week after the blast.

The Lebanese army said on Wednesday that rescue teams pulled another body from the wreckage of a silo in the port.

The resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government has deepened uncertainty. His cabinet’s talks with the International Monetary Fund for a bailout had already stalled over internal differences about the scale of financial losses.

Lebanon may be in line for $298 million in emergency aid but more than $30 billion, that some estimate it may need to rebuild its shattered economy, will not be forthcoming without reform.

(Source: Reuters London)

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