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Beirut faces rising poverty after blast

As Lebanon’s political elite negotiate a new government, more Lebanese are falling into poverty and relying on handouts for the first time.

As Lebanon’s political elite negotiate a new prime minister and cabinet, more Lebanese are falling into poverty.

For many the explosion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate at the port was the last straw.

Many are relying on handouts from charities for the first time in their lives.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports from Beirut.