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.
The Lebanese capital has entered the second day of anti-government protests sparked by the economic crisis in the country and the latest deadly blast at Beirut's port which killed at least 158 people and left thousands more injured.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Clashes between demonstrators and police have resumed in central Beirut, media reports said Sunday.
Over the past several days, the US president has repeatedly suggested that it was possible that the ammonium nitrate explosion which left part of the Lebanese capital in ruins and as many as 300,000 people homeless on August 4 was a "terrible attack," and not an accident.
The Tripoli-controlled oil corporation says it has incurred losses worth billions of dollars due to Marshal Haftar’s protracted blockade of key terminals and the shutdown of major pipelines.
On Saturday, thousands gathered in downtown Beirut to vent their anger at the government, which they blame for Tuesday's deadly blast at the city's seaport.
One security officer was killed and more than 700 people were injured in clashes between protesters and police in central Beirut on Saturday. People took to the streets to demand the government step down due to the tough economic situation in Lebanon and the corruption that is believed to have led to a deadly blast at the port on Tuesday.
Days after the deadly explosion in Beirut that killed over 150 people and transformed the bustling city into a pile of rubble, reports have traced the origin of the ammonium nitrate, implicated in the blast and stored at a port warehouse, to a vessel that docked there years ago, “The Rhosus”.
Hundreds of people were injured and one police officer killed during anti-government protests in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, following a deadly blast, which protesters blamed on the authorities’ negligence and mismanagement.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of those killed in Tuesday's huge blast in the port of Beirut has risen to 158 and over 6,000 have been injured, local media said Saturday, citing the Lebanese Health Ministry.
On Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah dismissed allegations that his organization had any weapons at the Beirut port, and called for the Lebanese army to head the investigation into Tuesday’s disaster.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 43 Syrian nationals have died in Tuesday's mammoth blast in Beirut, the Syrian Embassy in Lebanon said Saturday.
Tuesday’s massive explosion in the Lebanese capital killed over 150 people and injured 5,000 others, causing an estimated $3 billion in damage and leaving 300,000 people homeless in an instant. It’s estimated that up to half of the city of 2.4 million people has been affected by the blast in one way or another.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Lebanon is thankful to Russia for its help that came in the aftermath of an explosion in Beirut and is hoping for more aid with construction materials, Lebanese Ambassador to Moscow Chawki Bou Nassar said on Friday.
Earlier, with the death toll from Tuesday's explosion in the Lebanese capital still climbing and thousands of Beirut residents taking to the streets in protest, President Michel Auon announced that authorities have not ruled out foul play in the deadly incident, including the possibility that a missile or bomb caused the blast.
Following a deadly explosion in Beirut on 4 August, Lebanese-born TV commentator and former adult film starlet Mia Khalifa has made a number of controversial statements on her social media accounts, including the one where she expressed her determination to “vote revolution” for the country in the wake of the blast.
A blast devastated Beirut on Tuesday, leaving over 130 dead and thousands injured; parts of the city were completely destroyed.
Lebanese authorities earlier placed several Beirut port officials under house arrest, insisting those found responsible for “criminal negligence” that resulted in the 4 August explosion that killed at least 137 people would face the "maximum punishment".
The Tuesday explosion in Beirut’s port has pushed Lebanon to the edge, sparking the question whether the country is able to overcome the crisis, says Middle East expert and political analyst Ghassan Kadi, explaining why a money injection is not enough to save the country's economy.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Three US C-17 aircraft are en route to Lebanon to deliver aid supplies to support relief efforts after the deadly blast in Beirut, Central Command spokesperson Capt. Bill Urban said on Thursday.
The tragic incident, which according to the first estimates was caused by an explosion of ammonium nitrate stored in the port, reportedly claimed the lives of over 130 people and injured thousands more. Countries around the world have since rushed to offer aid to Lebanon, with Israel being no exception.