Egyptian-operated ship was unloading Ukrainian wheat in Beirut as port blast hit - director

by Reuters
Wednesday, 5 August 2020 12:38 GMT

(Corrects name of vessel to Mero Star (not Metro Star), paragraph 2)

CAIRO, Aug 5 (Reuters) - An Egyptian-operated ship was unloading 5,000 tonnes of Ukrainian wheat in Beirut when a powerful blast ripped through the port but the cargo is "in good condition," the shipping company's operations director told Reuters on Wednesday.

Two Syrian crew members aboard the Mero Star were seriously injured in the blast and others were wounded, Farid Hashem said. (Reporting by Nadine Awadalla in Cairo, Additional reporting by Jonathan Saul in London; Editing by Maha El Dahan and Jon Boyle)

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