Lebanon declares two-week state of emergency in Beirut

Lebanon declares two-week state of emergency in Beirut

Lebanon’s cabinet declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital city and handed control of security in the capital to the military following a massive explosion in Beirut.

The military has been instructed to impose house arrest on anyone involved since 2014 in the administration of the warehouse containing explosive material that blew up, according to a statement read out by the information minister.

The explosion killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 others. Beirut’s city governor Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people have lost their homes.

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