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The Destruction Of
Tyre (Lebanon)

By Al Jazeera Staff
Published On 4 Aug 2022
On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion in the Port of Beirut ripped through Lebanon’s capital, killing 218 people, injuring 7,000 and leaving 300,000 displaced.

The blast, which is considered one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions to have been recorded, damaged 77,000 apartments and caused an estimated $3.8-4.6bn in material damage.

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion occurred in the port of Beirut, Lebanon. The explosion was caused by the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored unsafely in a warehouse for almost six years. The blast resulted in at least 218 deaths, 7,000 injuries, and US$15+ billion in property damage. The explosion left an estimated 300,000 people homeless. The incident was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever recorded.

Lebanon Explosion 2020

The blast was so powerful that it shook the city to its core, blowing boats out of the water and destroying vital grain stores 2. The explosion was preceded by a fire that detonated the ammonium nitrate 2. The blast created a crater that was flooded with seawater and destroyed the grain silos to the left of it 1.

The investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing. However, it is widely believed that corruption and negligence on the part of Lebanese officials contributed to the disaster.

YashaYahu- Isaiah 23:1-18

1The burden of Tsor. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Kittiym it is revealed to them.

2Be still, ye inhabitants of the isle; thou whom the merchants of Tsiydon, that pass over the sea, have replenished.

3And by great waters the seed of Shiychor, the harvest of the river, is her revenue; and she is a mart of nations.

4Be thou ashamed, O Tsiydon: for the sea hath spoken, even the strength of the sea, saying, I travail not, nor bring forth children, neither do I nourish up young men, nor bring up virgins.

5As at the report concerning Mitsrayim, so shall they be sorely pained at the report of Tsor.

6Pass ye over to Tarshiysh; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

7Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days? her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.

8Who hath taken this counsel against Tsor, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

9YAHUAH of hosts hath purposed it, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.

10Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshiysh: there is no more strength.

11He stretched out his hand over the sea, he shook the kingdoms: YAHUAH hath given a commandment against the merchant city, to destroy the strong holds thereof.

12And he said, Thou shalt no more rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Tsiydon: arise, pass over to Kittiym; there also shalt thou have no rest.

13Behold the land of the Kasdiym; this people was not, till the Ashshur founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.

14Howl, ye ships of Tarshiysh: for your strength is laid waste.

15And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tsor shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tsor sing as an harlot.

16Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

17And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that YAHUAH will visit Tsor, and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world upon the face of the earth.

18And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to YAHUAH: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before YAHUAH, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing.

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