Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, it has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. It is the seat of government in Lebanon. The blast devastated neighborhoods and impacted half the city. Ammonium nitrate, 2,750 tons, exploded near the port and caused mass casualties. Emergency workers are still searching for survivors. A 2012 study found that 40 percent of the population of Beirut is Christian. Christianity in Lebanon is nearly as old as the faith itself. Paul preached in Lebanon, having lingered with the early Christians in Tyre and Sidon. Maybe you know the place as home of Phoenicians. Luke 10:1-42 mentions the place.