Death toll in huge Beirut explosion rises to 135 - health minister

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The from a huge blast at port has risen to at least 135, 's Health Minister said Wednesday. At least 4,000 people were also wounded by Tuesday's explosion, while dozens of people were still missing as rescue efforts continued, he told reporters.

Death toll in Tuesday's huge blast that ripped through Lebanon's capital Beirut has risen to 135, the country's health minister said on Wednesday.

Nearly 5,000 victims were injured and dozens of them are still missing, Hamad Hassan said.

A fire at a warehouse containing explosives at the Port of led to a massive blast Tuesday, causing massive material damage in several neighborhoods of the capital.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun cited ammonium nitrate as the source of the explosion, which leveled a three-story building and was heard across the city and its suburbs.

The Supreme Defense Council in has declared Beirut a disaster-stricken city and announced a state of emergency in the capital for two weeks.

Tuesday's explosion deepens woes of the country that has been suffering from a severe economic crisis and intense political polarization for months.

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