West Beirut before and after explosion

West Beirut before and after explosion

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This image is part of the sequence Environment: Satellite images of West Beirut before and after the car bomb explosion of 2005


Caption: West Beirut. Quickbird 2 satellite image of West Beirut before (left) and after (right) the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister of Lebanon, by a car bomb on 14 February 2005. The bomb was detonated just before midday local time outside the St Georges Hotel on Beirut's busy seafront. The explosion resulted in a large crater (centre) and damage to surrounding buildings. Twelve others were killed and scores more injured. Before image taken on 21 December 2003, after image taken on 15 February 2005.

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