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Lebanon asks Russia for satellite images from day of port blast

Christian Fernsby |
Lebanese President Michel Aoun has asked Russian ambassador Alexander Rudakov for satellite images when a huge explosion rocked Beirut's port, according to a Lebanese presidency tweet on Friday.

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The blast killed more than 215 people, injured thousands and destroyed swathes of the Lebanese capital.

The lead investigator of the probe into the explosion, Judge Tarek Bitar, in May asked a number of countries for imagery, according to the Lebanese National News Agency. It did not name the countries.

Top politicians, including Aoun, have repeatedly lamented a lack of cooperation from countries with requests to provide satellite pictures from the day of the blast.

Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab asked France and Italy for images, but has said he did not receive them.

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