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Hackers Warn Hezbollah on Beirut Airport Screens

Message warns of consequences if Lebanon ends up in war with Israel

(Newser) - Information display screens at Beirut's international airport were hacked by domestic anti-Hezbollah groups Sunday, as clashes between the Lebanese militant group and the Israeli military continue to intensify along the border. Departure and arrival information was replaced by a message accusing the Hezbollah group of putting Lebanon at risk...

Senior Hamas Leader Killed in Beirut Strike

Saleh al-Arouri died in suspected Israeli strike

(Newser) - Hamas says one of its top officials, deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri, was killed in a strike in Beirut Tuesday. Lebanese officials say the suspected Israeli drone strike in the country's capital killed Arouri and at least five others, Reuters reports. Israel hasn't officially claimed responsibility for the strike,...

Woman With Toy Gun Takes Her Own Money From Bank

Sali Hafez said Beirut bank had $20K of her money, she needed to pay for sister's treatment

(Newser) - A woman accompanied by activists and brandishing what she said was a toy pistol broke into a Beirut bank branch on Wednesday, taking $13,000 from her trapped savings. Sali Hafez told Al-Jadeed TV that she needed the money to fund her 23-year-old sister’s cancer treatment, reports the AP...

Man Holds Bank Hostage, Demands His Own Money

Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein is now being hailed a hero in Lebanon

(Newser) - A man with a gun held a Lebanese bank hostage for more than six hours on Thursday—firing warning shots and threatening to set himself on fire—then emerged to be hailed a hero. Banks in Lebanon imposed strict rules on withdrawals in 2019 amid a devastating economic crisis that...

Lebanon Shuts Down for Day of Mourning

It comes on the heels of gun battles between heavily armed militias that killed 6

(Newser) - Schools, banks, and government offices across Lebanon shut down Friday after hours of gun battles between heavily armed militias killed six people and terrorized the residents of Beirut. The government called for a day of mourning following the armed clashes, in which gunmen used automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades on...

Beirut Explosion One of Biggest Non-Nuclear Blasts Ever
Beirut Blast Was
a Mini-Hiroshima

Beirut Blast Was a Mini-Hiroshima

Scientists say August explosion was one of biggest non-nuclear blasts ever

(Newser) - It was obvious to everyone who witnessed it that the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut was a devastating one, killing at least 200 people and injuring thousands. Now, a team from the UK's Sheffield University is detailing just how powerful the blast was, per the BBC : They say it...

One Month Later, a Longshot Search for a Survivor in Beirut

Rescuers detect a pulsing signal from rubble of Aug. 4 explosion

(Newser) - A pulsing signal was detected Thursday from under the rubble of a Beirut building that collapsed during the horrific port explosion in the Lebanese capital last month, raising hopes there may be a survivor still buried there, per the AP . The effort unfolded after a sniffer dog belonging to a...

Woman in Her Palace Home During Beirut Blast Has Died
Blast Injuries Kill
'a Queen of Beirut'

Blast Injuries Kill 'a Queen of Beirut'

Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane was among Lebanon's most prominent philanthropists

(Newser) - One of Lebanon's most prominent philanthropists and a pioneer defender of the country's heritage, Lady Yvonne Sursock Cochrane, has died from injuries she suffered in the massive Aug. 4 explosion that ripped through Beirut. She was 98. The family said Lady Cochrane passed away on Monday from her...

US Has New Theory on Cause of Lebanon Blast

Review puts blame on maintenance work

(Newser) - A US review has found that maintenance work probably triggered the deadly explosion in Beirut last week. The State Department is in agreement on the cause with Lebanese investigators, the Wall Street Journal reports, though President Trump had blamed "a bomb of some kind" immediately after the blast. US...

Lebanon's Leaders Received Dire Warning 3 Weeks Ago

Report, letter warned Beirut could be leveled if chemicals weren't secured

(Newser) - Security officials warned Lebanon's president and prime minister that the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut's port could explode, destroying the city, just two weeks before that more or less happened. That's according to Reuters , which got its hands on a state security report...

Things Are Heating Up in Beirut
Things Are
Heating Up
in Beirut

Things Are Heating Up in Beirut

Protesters hit the streets over an explosion that devastated the city

(Newser) - Security forces fired tear gas and clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Saturday in Beirut, and a group of protesters stormed the foreign ministry amid mounting fury over this week's explosion that devastated much of the city and killed nearly 160 people, the AP reports. Dozens were still missing and nearly...

60K Sign Petition for France to Rule Lebanon

After Beirut blast, many have given up on government

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron visited Beirut Thursday—and after Tuesday's devastating explosion , more than a few Lebanese were ready for him to take over as their president. A petition circulating on Avaaz calling for the former colonial power to take charge of Lebanon for the next 10 years now...

Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut
Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut

Grief Turns to Anger in Beirut

Residents blame 'failed state' for devastating blast

(Newser) - Beirut has been devastated by a massive explosion that killed at least 137 people and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless—and angry residents say the country was broken long before the Tuesday blast. Residents blame corruption and incompetence for the fact that 2,750 tons of highly explosive...

135 Dead in Beirut Blast, Including an American

Another 5K were wounded, 300K left homeless

(Newser) - At least one US citizen was among those killed in the devastating Beirut explosion Tuesday night, and several others were injured. The death toll so far stands at 135, with another 100 still missing and search and rescue efforts continuing, ABC News reports. Another 5,000 were wounded, and as...

Port Officials Under House Arrest in Wake of Beirut Blast

As news of a letter warning that reportedly warned of the danger emerges

(Newser) - Investigators began searching through the wreckage of Beirut’s port Wednesday for clues to the cause of the massive explosion that killed 135 as it ripped across the Lebanese capital, and the government ordered port officials put under house arrest amid speculation that negligence was to blame. The investigation is...

'The Scale of the Disaster Is Immense' in Beirut

At least 100 dead, 4K wounded in Lebanon blast

(Newser) - "The scale of the disaster is immense" in Beirut, Lebanon, the Guardian reports. The death toll in the massive explosion that rocked the capital Tuesday night, causing blocks of devastation , currently stands at at least 100, the AP reports, with another 4,000 injured—and many still missing. TV...

Ammonium Nitrate Blamed for Devastating Beirut Blast

At least 70 dead, 4K injured

(Newser) - The death toll from the massive explosion that shook Lebanon's capital Tuesday now stands at more than 70—and with scenes of utter devastation for blocks surrounding the Beirut port area, the toll appears certain to rise. The country's health minister says the blast, which caused a mushroom...

'Deafening' Blast So Strong It Lifts the Highway in Beirut

The explosion was centered at the port in Lebanon's capital

(Newser) - A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings, and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital, per the AP . The health ministry says the preliminary toll is 50 dead and 2,750 wounded. The sudden devastation...

In Lebanon, Scores of Migrant Maids Dumped Like 'Garbage'

Ethiopian workers are being abandoned on embassy steps in Beirut as virus kills economy

(Newser) - There are about a quarter-million migrant workers in Lebanon, many of them from Ethiopia, but as the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the former country's economy, maids from the latter are finding themselves suddenly out of a job and dumped on the doorstep of the Ethiopian Embassy in...

Why Did Ghosn Flee Japan? He Cites a Figure: 99.4%

Ex-Nissan boss gives his first press conference since escaping the country

(Newser) - In his first press conference given since his clandestine exit from Japan, Carlos Ghosn cleared one thing up on Wednesday: No, there's no Netflix show in the works about his dramatic exit. But Ghosn certainly brought the drama in the lengthy press conference given in Beirut, likening his November...

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