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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 19 September 2020

Beyond The Headlines: Piecing together the Beirut disaster

The devastation at Beirut's port after more than 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded on July 4, 2020, killing at least 145 people and injuring thousands. Getty Images

James Haines-Young talks to The National’s Sunniva Rose and Lina Mokadden, a resident of Beirut, who describe what the massive explosion in the Lebanese capital felt like and its aftermath. We also hear from Najat Aoun Saliba, professor of Analytical Chemistry at the American University of Beirut, and Professor Andrew Tyas, an academic at the University of Sheffield specialising in blast and impact engineering, about the effects of the explosion. Mona Harb, a professor of Urban Studies, explains why Beirut lost not just lives but also its heritage.

Updated: August 7, 2020 11:12 AM