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Ghassan Hasrouty wasn’t supposed to be working at Beirut’s port on Tuesday, August 4 2020. He’d swapped shifts to allow him to attend an upcoming weekend trip with his wife and children.
A senior manager, Ghassan had worked at the port for almost 40 years. He knew the port’s rhythms, and anticipating that he may have to work through the night, called home and asked for someone bring him a pillow and blanket.
Around the same time Zein Ja’Far, Sky News’ Middle East News Editor, was working from his apartment when he noticed smoke coming from the port.
The lives of the Hasrouty family and Beirut’s two million residents were about to be changed forever.
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