Lebanon explosion killed 75 people and over 3,700 injured.

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BEIRUT PORT EXPLOSION

Beirut port explosion 

An explosion in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 70 people and injured over 3,700 people.

Firstly, the health minister said videos show smoke billowing from a fire, then a mushroom cloud following the blast at the city’s port.

And Officials are blaming highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for six years.

BEIRUT PORT EXPLOSION

Lebanese presidents call for a two-week state of emergency

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said a state of emergency should be declared in Beirut for two weeks after the explosion.

He called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Secondly, In remarks published on the President Twitter account, said it was “unacceptable” that 2,750 ton of ammonium nitrate was stored in a warehouse.

The ammonium nitrate was stored in the warehouse for over six years without safety measures.

The president has pledged that those responsible for the explosion would face punishment.

Ammonium nitrate is used for fertilisers and explosives weapon.

Beirut port explosion

BEIRUT PORT EXPLOSION

A BBC Journalist Reported

Thirdly, A BBC journalist at the scene reported the dead bodies and severe damages are enough to put the port of Beirut out of action.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab called it a catastrophe

He spoke of a “dangerous warehouse” which had been there since 2014.

A witness near the port told AFP news agency

However, A witness described the first explosion as deafening.

And video footage showed wrecked cars and damaged buildings.

The blast was heard 240km (150 miles) away on the island of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.

Emergency meeting held on Wednesday

President Aoun tweeted after an emergency meeting of the Supreme Defence Council.

He said Wednesday has been declared a day of mourning.

Thus, the explosion comes at a sensitive time for Lebanon, with an economic crisis reigniting old divisions.

Also, tensions are also high ahead of Friday’s verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

 

Beirut port explosion in the lebanese capital

BEIRUT PORT EXPLOSION IN THE LEBANESE CAPITAL

Hadi Nasrallah, eyewitness speaking to the BBC

I saw the fire, but I didn’t know there was going to be an explosion.

We went inside.

Suddenly I lost my hearing because I was close to the blast.

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I lost my hearing for a few seconds, I knew something was wrong.

And then suddenly the glass just shattered all over the cars, the cars around us, the shops, the stores and buildings.

Just glass going down from all over the building.

Literally, all over Beirut, people were calling each other from different areas and kilometres away.

They were experiencing the same thing: broken glass, buildings shaking, a loud explosion.

Actually, we were shocked when it happens, this time it was all over Beirut, even outside.

Sunniva Rose, the journalist reported

When I was Driving into Beirut early evening when it was still light, it was absolute chaos.

The streets were literally covered in glass.

BEIRUT PORT BLAST IN LEBANESE CAPITAL

Nevertheless, It’s hard for ambulances to go through the bricks, cement slabs because all the houses have collapsed.

Then, When I get to the port it has been locked by the army.

The army said to stay away in case there was a second explosion.

There was still smoke going up into the sky late into the evening.

The whole city was black.

It was very hard to walk around, people were covered in blood.

I saw an 86-year-old woman being treated by a doctor who ran out of his residence with a first aid kit.

Several cars were smashed by rocks

The old-style houses with big cuts of rock fell down on the street.

There’s pandemonium in my own flat, all the glass is shattered.

Even in a mall 2km away the whole facade was shattered.

Beirut port explosion in Lebanon
BEIRUT PORT BLAST IN LEBANON

How other countries reacted to the explosion

Lebanon’s prime minister called for international help.

I make an urgent appeal to neighbouring countries to stand by Lebanon and to help us heal our deep wounds, Hassan Diab said.

Boris Johnson UK Prime Minister tweeted the pictures and videos from Beirut.

All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident.

“The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected.”

Again, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also offered assistance, tweet on his Twitter page.

“We are ready to stand and assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this horrible tragedy.”

France said they’re going to send aid and resources to Lebanon.

Related Beirut port explosion leaves at least 75 dead and over 3,710 wounded

Iran would “render assistance in any way necessary” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, while Saudi Arabia expressed its full solidarity with Lebanon.

Furthermore, Israel said in a statement that it had “approached Lebanon through international security and diplomatic channels and has offered the Lebanese government medical and humanitarian assistance”.

The German foreign ministry said the blast has affected the city embassy.

“We cannot for the moment exclude German nationals figuring among the dead and wounded,” it said in a statement.

Beirut port blast
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The situation in Lebanon now

Lebanon is experiencing political turmoil, with street demonstrations against the government’s handling of the worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.

Besides, Many blame the ruling elite who have dominated politics for years and amassed their own wealth.

Though the people have to deal with daily power cuts, a lack of safe drinking water and limited public healthcare.

There has also been tension on the border with Israel, which said last week that it had thwarted an attempt by Hezbollah to infiltrate Israeli territory.

But an Israeli official has told the BBC that “Israel has no connection” to the Beirut blast.

Ultimately, the blast happened close to the scene of the huge car bombing which killed ex-PM Hariri.

Eventually, the Tuesday blast also came days before the long-awaited verdict in the trial at a special court in the Netherlands of four men accused of orchestrating the attack.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry also expressed its great concern

Finally, Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry also expressed its great concern after the devastating explosion, according to the state news agency.

In conclusion, the statement also affirmed the kingdom’s full support and solidarity with the Lebanese people.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah said all country’s political powers must to overcome the “painful catastrophe” and unite after the tragedy.

Abolade Abdullahi

Abolade Abdullahi

Abolade Abdullahi is a journalist for express info news. He writes on sports and politics.

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