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On April 11th, 2022, at least one person has been killed and seven others were injured in an explosion near Sidon in southern Lebanon, local media reported.

According to Al Arabia Television, the explosion occurred near the office of the Shia Amal Movement.

Arabic-language Lebanon 24 news website said the blast caused serious material damage and that the details of what happened are not clear yet.

Sources said the Lebanese army personnel were searching through the rubble for any further casualties, with one telling Reuters that the explosion was not an act of sabotage, without disclosing further details.

The state National News Agency reported the blast emanated from a Hamas weapons depot in the Burj al-Shemali camp and a judge had ordered security forces to launch an investigation.

In August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut in the capital city of Lebanon exploded, causing at least 218 deaths, 7,000 injuries, and US$15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300.000 people homeless. A cargo of 2750 tons of the substance had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus.

On December 10th, 2021, a large blast rocked a Palestinian camp in the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, injuring about a dozen people, according to rescue workers on scene and a Palestinian source inside the camp.

The explosion has left Lebanon’s economy, already reeling from multiple crises, including the breakdown of its banking system, spiraling inflation and the coronavirus pandemic, in tatters.

The Beirut Port explosion tore through the heart of the Lebanese capital, was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in human history.

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