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Lebanon’s president says sabotage may have been behind Beirut fire

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Thursday a huge fire that ripped through Beirut’s already devastated port might have been the result of sabotage, a technical error or negligence, the presidential Twitter account said.

“In all cases, the cause must be known as soon as possible and the perpetrators held to account,” the president was quoted as saying in the tweet as he met the supreme council of defense.

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The fire filled Beirut's skies with black smoke just a month after a deadly explosion at the same site killed at least 190 people and destroyed large parts of the city.

The fire reportedly broke out after a tire and oil store caught on fire, a Lebanese military source was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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