White smoke seen in Beirut port, officials say ‘not new fire’

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White smoke has been seen late Saturday night at Beirut port with officials confirming it is due to the remnants of the previous fire days earlier, according to local television reports.

A new fire broke out at Lebanon’s Beirut port on Thursday a little over one month after the August 4 fire that caused an explosion that rocked the capital.

“The white smoke is caused by the evaporation of water and ongoing operations to put out the remnants of the fire (last Tueday) ... firefighters are continuing their work, there is no danger and the fire is contained,” Beirut firefighter brigade, Ali Najm, told Al Jadeed television.

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