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Lebanese mourn, seethe as damaged and neglected Beirut port silos fall

Victims of the Beirut blast can only watch as the port’s ruined grain silos – an unofficial monument to those killed and a symbol of denied justice – have begun to collapse after two years of indecision from government authorities.
Beirut silo

BEIRUT — For almost two years, the grain silos of the Port of Beirut stood as a grim reminder of Aug. 4, 2020, when 2,750 tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate caused the largest non-nuclear explosion in history, killing over 200 people. A further 7,000 were injured, and 300,000 were displaced when their homes were destroyed.

Just days before the two-year anniversary, the northern section of the damaged silos suddenly collapsed, reigniting the fierce debate in Lebanon  between those wishing to tear down the damaged structures and those calling for them to be preserved as a monument to the deceased.

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