Prince Charles Sends 'Deeply' Emotional Message to Beirut: 'However Inadequate It May Be'

While the exact cause of the blast remains unclear, Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's intelligence agency, said the explosion may have come after highly explosive material confiscated from a ship and stored in a warehouse in Beirut's port detonated following a fire, according to the AP.

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Hassan Diab spoke of a "dangerous warehouse" that had been in existence for six years, the BBC reported.

President Aoun declared a three-day mourning period, according to the BBC, as well as a two-week state of emergency, according to the AP.

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