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‘They can only suffer so much’: Explosion leaves Beirut teetering on the brink – Sydney Morning Herald

“They’ve seen wars, they’ve seen terrorism, they’ve seen disasters and now they are facing this.”

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Samah Hadid was standing at the window of her Beirut home when the building started shaking and a pink mushroom cloud formed before her eyes. The Australian dived into a corner seconds before the ceiling collapsed – a moment of instinct which may have saved her life.
“The explosion ripped through the apartment, destroying pretty much everything,” Hadid says. “It took me a few minutes to recover, to realise what had happened and to see the de…

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