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Three Egyptians reportedly killed in Beirut blast

Damaged buildings and vehicles are seen in the aftermath of the Beirut port blast, on 5 August 2020. [Jessica Purkiss/Middle East Monitor]
Damaged buildings and vehicles are seen in the aftermath of the Beirut port blast, on 5 August 2020. [Jessica Purkiss/Middle East Monitor]

Three Egyptians were killed in the massive explosion that hit Beirut on Tuesday, the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon and the country’s Foreign Ministry said, according to Al-Ahram.

The embassy expressed its condolences and solidarity with the family of Ismail El Sayed Shehata who was killed in the explosion.

Shehata hails from the Egyptian province of Gharbiyya.

The embassy added that it is taking all necessary measures and making preparations to repatriate the victim’s body.

On Tuesday, the embassy announced that Ibrahim Abdel Mohsen Abu Qasaba, who is also from Gharibyya, was the first Egyptian to have been reported killed in the explosion.

A third Egyptian who was in the proximity of the explosion, Roshdi Ahmed El-Gamal, was declared missing but was later confirmed to have died..

Some 130 people have been killed and nearly 5,000 injured after a warehouse filled with ammonium nitrate exploded on Tuesday in Beirut’s port. Windows across the city were shattered as a result of the blast, which could be heard as far away as in Cyprus.

UPDATE: This article was updated on 06 August 2020 at 10.04 GMT to show that three Egyptians had been killed.

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