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Voice of America 4 Aug 2020

Lebanon: Dramatic Video of Explosion that Rocked Beirut

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A dramatic video caught the moment a massive blast rocked the port area of Beirut, Tuesday, August 4, killing scores, injuring thousands, and damaging buildings as a giant mushroom cloud rose above the capital.
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