On Tuesday, a deadly explosion tore through Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, leaving at least a hundred dead and many more injured. The catastrophe comes at an already strenuous time as the nation is suffering from an economic crisis made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cause has not yet been confirmed.
Though the cause of the explosion is not yet known, a cache of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, an explosive material, was stored at the blast site, located near Beirut’s port. Major General Abbas Ibrahim has warned against speculation of a terrorist attack until the investigation is completed, per The New York Times.