A massive explosion took place in the port of Beirut, Lebanon, on 4 August resulting in at least 80 fatalities and over 4,000 injuries and devastating large parts of the city.
Following the tragic incident, the city's governor said that half of Beirut's buildings were damaged, and hospitals were overcrowded due to a large number of injured people. According to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, the blast was caused by improper storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
The Lebanese government has declared a three-day mourning period for the victims of the tragedy.
Last month, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned that Israel would pay the price if it turns out that Tel Aviv was behind a powerful blast that ripped through Lebanon's capital Beirut on 4 August, killing at least 190 people. The Jewish state has repeatedly denied any involvement in the explosion, offering humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
GENOA, Italy (Sputnik) - An independent international investigation is the only way to bring to justice those who were directly or indirectly responsible for the massive blast at the port of Beirut on August 4, former Lebanese minister of state for administrative development May Chidiac said in an interview.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) – There are still explosive materials to be found at the port of Beirut, which was completely destroyed as a result of the powerful blast in early August, the port’s head, Bassem Al Kaissi, told a press conference on Thursday, adding that the port authorities have sent a letter that demands that the materials be removed.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The massive explosion that erupted at the port of Beirut on August 4 destroyed half of the city’s buildings. The authorities say the improper storage of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in the port was the reason behind the blast.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) – Three Lebanese hospitals have received medical assistance transferred via the World Health Organisation (WHO) from Russia following the deadly blast that occurred earlier in the month at the port in the capital of Beirut.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Lebanon should form a new government and implement a series of urgent reforms, as it is currently on the verge of distress and disappearance due to the consequences of both the Beirut blast and a political crisis in the country, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Lebanese military specialists and their French colleagues have found 79 containers with dangerous chemicals in the port of Beirut, where a deadly blast occurred earlier this month, the Lebanese army informs.
On 4 August, a massive explosion took place in Beirut, killing over 200 people and decimating the city's infrastructure. The massive blast was caused by improper storage of explosive ammonium nitrate in the Beirut port.
The grain silos in the Beirut port are the brainchild of famous banker Yousef Beidas, though they were built after his death.
ROME (Sputnik) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun will not follow the government’s lead and will not step down in the wake of the devastating blast that ripped through the capital, he told Italy’s Corriere Della Sera.
In 2005, a deadly explosion in Beirut killed the country’s first post-civil war Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Four Hezbollah members were indicted for his murder and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon is shortly set to deliver a verdict on their guilt. However, the country has recently been shaken by another catastrophic blast.
On 4 August, a powerful explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing dozens of people and injuring thousands, while also leaving the city in ruins.
TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran is ready to help Lebanon in rebuilding the Beirut port, which was destroyed following a massive explosion that hit the area last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.
Protests returned to Beirut with vigour last week when citizens gathered to call for justice over the devastating Beirut port explosion on 4 August.
The huge explosion that occurred last Tuesday destroyed the port itself as well as some 6,000 buildings in the Lebanese capital, leaving over 300,000 people without shelter.
A devastating blast in the port of the Lebanese capital of Beirut killed at least 163, injured thousands and destroyed the port itself as well as some 6,000 buildings in the vicinity. The catastrophe has caused protests in the country, after which the entire Lebanese government announced its resignation.
Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Beirut during the mass riots over a massive fertilizer explosion, which has been blamed on corruption. The gathering demanded reforms and a resignation of the government. The riot led to hundreds suffering injuries, including 100 security officers.
The Shiite group has always used upheavals to obtain political and military gains. What remains to be see is how useful this strategy will be in handling the fallout from last week's explosion, amid growing calls to reduce the organization’s power.
As an investigation continues into the deadly explosion that took place on 4 August in Beirut, killing over 150 and injuring up to 6,000, French President Emmanuel Macron visited the city on Thursday, saying that “France will never let Lebanon go,” in a remark slammed as a “neocolonialist foray by a European leader”.
Washington earlier sent three large aircraft to blast-hit Beirut with medical supplies, food, water, and emergency equipment to help.