Port in Tripoli to perform functions of Beirut port destroyed by blast – Defense Council

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Cairo – The Lebanese Supreme Defense Council decided at a meeting Wednesday that a port the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli will over the functions of the port Beirut, which was recently destroyed by a powerful explosion.
“Prepare the port of Tripoli for providing trade operations imports and exports (instead of the Beirut port),” the council said, as quoted by Lebanon’s News Agency.

The massive explosion hit the Lebanese capital Tuesday, with over 80 people killed and some 4,000 injured.

Beirut’s governor said that half of the city’s buildings were damaged and hospitals were overcrowded due to the large influx of patients.
The Lebanese has declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of the tragedy starting Wednesday.