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Beirut blast: From disaster to potential disintegration for Lebanon?

The massive blast in the Lebanese capital of Beirut was so huge that it rattled trees and windows in Cyprus, 240km away across the Mediterranean Sea.

The governor of the Lebanese capital likened that explosion to the nuclear bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima exactly 75 years ago today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 06, 2020, with the headline 'From disaster to potential disintegration for Lebanon?'. Print Edition | Subscribe