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Beirut's devastated cityscape in aftermath of blast

A man walks past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020.   As the residents of Beirut try to pick up their lives after an explosion that shook the country to its core, they are doing so with their surroundings utterly transformed.    REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A man walks past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. As the residents of Beirut try to pick up their lives after an explosion that shook the country to its core,...more

A man walks past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area of Beirut, Lebanon, August 14, 2020. As the residents of Beirut try to pick up their lives after an explosion that shook the country to its core, they are doing so with their surroundings utterly transformed. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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The damaged Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters are seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The damaged Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters are seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The damaged Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters are seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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People take photos of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People take photos of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People take photos of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A damaged building is seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged building is seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged building is seen in the aftermath of an explosion at the port area in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A view of a damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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People on a scooter drive-by damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People on a scooter drive-by damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People on a scooter drive-by damaged traditional Lebanese house, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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People walk past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People walk past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

People walk past destroyed traditional Lebanese houses, following a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 14. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A damaged port area is seen in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged port area is seen in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A damaged port area is seen in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A boy fixes a damaged window, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A boy fixes a damaged window, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A boy fixes a damaged window, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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An employee cleans an office area inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee cleans an office area inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee cleans an office area inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Volunteers prepare to clear the area around Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Volunteers prepare to clear the area around Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Volunteers prepare to clear the area around Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Youth push carts, in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut's damaged port area, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Youth push carts, in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut's damaged port area, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Youth push carts, in the aftermath of a massive explosion, in Beirut's damaged port area, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view shows damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A view shows damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A view shows damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
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People work inside a damaged building, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People work inside a damaged building, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

People work inside a damaged building, in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A general view shows the damaged port area in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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Workers take a break inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Workers take a break inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Workers take a break inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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An employee makes his way among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee makes his way among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee makes his way among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A man eats in front of a house destroyed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man eats in front of a house destroyed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A man eats in front of a house destroyed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Debris is seen inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Debris is seen inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Debris is seen inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A woman walks in front of a house where, according to witnesses, four people were killed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman walks in front of a house where, according to witnesses, four people were killed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

A woman walks in front of a house where, according to witnesses, four people were killed by the blast in Beirut, Lebanon, August 16. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 13.
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Damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

Damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
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A general view shows damages following the blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8.  

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A general view shows damages following the blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damages following the blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view shows damage to a building and cars in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a building and cars in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a building and cars in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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Damaged cars are seen at Beirut's port area, August 7.  
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Damaged cars are seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Damaged cars are seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Debris are seen in the port area in Beirut, August 10.  The blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, injured more than 6,000 people and left an estimated 300,000 Lebanese effectively homeless as shockwaves ripped miles inland.   
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Debris are seen in the port area in Beirut, August 10. The blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, injured more than 6,000 people and left an estimated 300,000 Lebanese effectively homeless as shockwaves ripped miles inland. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Debris are seen in the port area in Beirut, August 10. The blast, the biggest ever to hit Beirut, injured more than 6,000 people and left an estimated 300,000 Lebanese effectively homeless as shockwaves ripped miles inland. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
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Cars drive past damaged buildings in Beirut's port area, August 13.   

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Cars drive past damaged buildings in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  

Cars drive past damaged buildings in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  
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A man is seen on the balcony of a destroyed building in Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A man is seen on the balcony of a destroyed building in Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

A man is seen on the balcony of a destroyed building in Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A woman walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. A walk through Beirut's central neighborhoods revealed mangled buildings and heaps of debris sometimes piled so high that they blocked the narrow streets, hampering cleanup operations.  REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A woman walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. A walk through Beirut's central neighborhoods revealed mangled buildings and heaps of debris sometimes piled so high that they blocked the narrow streets, hampering cleanup operations. ...more

A woman walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. A walk through Beirut's central neighborhoods revealed mangled buildings and heaps of debris sometimes piled so high that they blocked the narrow streets, hampering cleanup operations. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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People inspect a damaged building near the site of Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

People inspect a damaged building near the site of Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

People inspect a damaged building near the site of Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A view shows the damaged grain silo in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged grain silo in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged grain silo in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A man at the site of the blast in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A man at the site of the blast in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A man at the site of the blast in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view shows damage to a petrol station at the port of Beirut, August 12.  
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A view shows damage to a petrol station at the port of Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to a petrol station at the port of Beirut, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A damaged car and rubble at the site of the blast, August 7.  REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A damaged car and rubble at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A damaged car and rubble at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal

A damaged building in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal
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A man walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11.  
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A man walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

A man walks past a damaged area in Beirut, August 11. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani
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A general view shows damage in Beirut's port area, August 8.   REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damage in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A general view shows damage in Beirut's port area, August 8. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A views shows damaged roof tiles in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  

A views shows damaged roof tiles in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  

A views shows damaged roof tiles in Beirut's port area, August 13. REUTERS/Bader Helal  
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Rubble is seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble is seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble is seen at Beirut's port area, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A view shows damage to buildings and cars, August 12.  
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A view shows damage to buildings and cars, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows damage to buildings and cars, August 12. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view shows the damaged facade of a building near the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged facade of a building near the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view shows the damaged facade of a building near the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view of graffiti at the damaged port area, August 11.  
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A view of graffiti at the damaged port area, August 11. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A view of graffiti at the damaged port area, August 11. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A general view shows damage along a street, August 4.  
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A general view shows damage along a street, August 4. REUTERS/Ayat Basma

A general view shows damage along a street, August 4. REUTERS/Ayat Basma
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Rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Rubble near the damaged grain silo at the site of the blast, August 7. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

Jean Gharzo sits next to the window of his damaged apartment, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

A view shows the damage at the site of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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An employee stands among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee stands among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

An employee stands among debris inside Lebanon's Electricity Company (EDL) headquarters, in the aftermath of a massive explosion at the port area, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
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