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Lebanon priest says corruption is ultimate cause of Beirut blast

After a deadly explosion in Beirut Tuesday left at least 100 dead, Lebanese Father Abdo Raad pins blame for the tragedy squarely on government corruption, saying the cumulative impact of the coronavirus, a dire financial situation and yesterday’s blast is enough to make Lebanon collapse unless immediate action is taken.

“COVID and the economic crisis, the corruption of politicians … if these weren’t enough, then comes this tragedy,” Raad said in an interview with Crux, calling Tuesday’s explosion “a small atomic bomb.”

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 injured when massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut Tuesday evening. The whole city shook from the impact of the blast, and numerous videos taken showed a large mushroom cloud rising and spreading over the port area.

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