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Blast destroys Beirut design atelier Beirut haute couture fashion designer Elie Saab has vowed to rebuild his business after it was devastated by the deadly explosion at that city’s port district on August 4. Like many Lebanese that day, he felt the blast was on his doorstep. Saab told Reuters that he scrambled to make sure his 200 staff members, including his son, were safe: “But it was 15 minutes that felt like two days long.” The explosion killed 178, injured 6000 and damaged whole neig