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Beirut, Lebanon, satellite image. North is at top. Beirut is the capital and largest city in Lebanon, with a population of around 1.5 million people. It is a major port on the Mediterranean Sea. The city's Rafic Hariri International Airport, the only commercial airport in the country, is on the coast to the south of the city. The airport was destroyed by Israeli airstrikes on 13th July 2006.
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