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Men carry the coffin of Nicole Helou, 25, a Lebanese woman killed in a massive blast in the capital Beirut two days ago, during her funeral ceremony in the south Lebanese town of Sarba on July 7, 2020. The huge blast at Beirut port has killed at least 137 people, left dozens missing and at least 5,000 wounded, a Lebanese health ministry spokesperson said today. / AFP / Mahmoud ZAYYAT
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Workers stand at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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Lebanese carry a suitcase as they leave their damaged apartment in the trendy Beirut neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael on August 6, 2020 in the aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital. / AFP / PATRICK BAZ
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Carole Helou, a young Lebanese woman, hugs the coffin of her sister Nicole, 25, killed in a massive blast in the capital Beirut two days ago, during her funeral ceremony in the south Lebanese town of Sarba on July 7, 2020. The huge blast at Beirut port has killed at least 137 people, left dozens missing and at least 5,000 wounded, a Lebanese health ministry spokesperson said today. / AFP / Mahmoud ZAYYAT
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A soldier stands atop rubble at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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Relatives of Nicole al-Helou, who was killed by the explosion Tuesday that hit the seaport of Beirut, carry her coffin during her funeral, in Sarba village, southern Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron said an independent, transparent investigation into the massive explosion in Beirut is "owed to the victims and their families" by Lebanese authorities. During Macron's visit to the city on Thursday, angry crowds approached him and the Beirut governor as they walked through a blast-torn street. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)
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A man checks the damage in this heavily damaged old Lebanese building in the trendy Beirut neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael on August 6, 2020 in the aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital. / AFP / PATRICK BAZ
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Volunteers carrying brooms and other equipmentarrive on Gouraud street in the Gemayzeh neighbourhood of Beirut, to clear debris on August 6, 2020, two days after a massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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Soldiers and rescue workers stand at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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French and Lebanese firemen search in the rubble of a building after the Tuesday explosion at the seaport of Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Lebanese officials targeted in the investigation of the massive blast that tore through Beirut sought to shift blame for the presence of explosives at the city's port, and the visiting French president warned that without serious reforms the country would "continue to sink." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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A soldier walks at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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A man holds a chair near damaged shops following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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A man pulls a lifting trolley past debris in Beirut's "Souks" shopping district in the center of the Lebanese capital on August 6, 2020 in the aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital. / AFP / JOSEPH EID
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Volunteers clean the streets following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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A soldier stands at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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Volunteers carry their equipment as they help clear debris in the neighbourhood of Gemmayze on August 6, 2020, following a blast in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital following an explosion at Beirut port that killed more than 130 people and caused widespread destruction. / AFP / -
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Soldiers stand at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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People walk amid debris in the trendy Beirut neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael on August 6, 2020 in the aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital. / AFP / PATRICK BAZ
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Soldiers stand at the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
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Volunteers clear shattered glass inside a shop aon Gouraud street in the Gemayzeh neighbourhood of Beirut on August 6, 2020, two days after a massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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Volunteers carrying brooms and other equipmentarrive on Gouraud street in the Gemayzeh neighbourhood of Beirut, to clear debris on August 6, 2020, two days after a massive explosion shook the Lebanese capital. / AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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Updated 06 August 2020

Lebanon mourns victims of devastating blast, searches for missing

Lebanon mourned on Thursday the victims of the most powerful blast to hit the country that was already being crushed by an economic crisis, as rescuers searched for those missing since the explosion that flattened Beirut port and devastated the city.