• UNESCO: Historic Beirut Buildings At Risk Of Collapse After Blast

People walk past damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
People walk past damaged buildings in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
The United Nations' cultural agency says it will lead an international campaign for the recovery and restoration of Beirut's heritage.

UNESCO said Thursday around 60 historic buildings in the Lebanese capital were at risk of collapse, citing local officials.

The massive explosion that devastated the city on August 4 is believed to have been caused by a stockpile of ammonium nitrate stored at a port warehouse.

More than 170 people were killed, over 6,000 wounded and tens of thousands left homeless.

Among the damaged structures were museums, historic buildings, art galleries and religious sites in Beirut.

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