It killed more than two hundred people, wounded over 6,500, and destroyed large parts of the city. “It’s all destroyed. [70], The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International said that, according to attendees of a Higher Defence Council briefing, the fire was ignited by workers welding a door at a warehouse. Several of his patients — children with cancer — and their family members were among the injured. [131][132][133] The grain silos were largely destroyed,[134] exacerbating food shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe financial crisis. [48] The ride-sharing app Careem offered free rides to and from hospitals and blood donation centers to anyone willing to donate blood. This is her first-person account of what happened. Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's intelligence agency, said the explosion may have come after highly explosive material was confiscated from a ship and stored in a warehouse in Beirut's port, according to the AP. That is simply insane. I couldn’t find my passport, or sturdy shoes. But if the explosions on Tuesday were intentional, they would shatter a prolonged stretch of relative calm in the Lebanese capital. Wreckage from the explosion at the port in Beirut on Tuesday. The Dutch ambassador's wife, Hedwig Waltmans-Molier, was seriously injured and later died of her injuries. On social media, people reported damage to homes and cars far from the port. Lebanon’s health ministry said that at least 78 people had died and 4,000 suffered injuries in the explosions and fire that shook Beirut on Tuesday. It said the decision covered both hospitals that have contracts with the ministry as well as those that don’t. [211][212][213][214][215] On 8 August, Diab called for early elections, saying it would be the only way for the country to exit the crisis. [46] The second explosion was felt in northern Israel and in Cyprus, 240 kilometers (150 miles) away. Originally published on Forensic Architecture Shortly after 6:00pm on 4 August 2020, an explosion ripped through the port of Beirut. [236] There was also backlash inside Lebanon against the Israeli gesture. News World Middle East. Running through the streets in Beirut after the explosion on Tuesday. [75], 204 people were confirmed dead, and more than 6,500 people were injured. Furthermore, at least 108 Bangladeshi nationals were injured in the blasts, becoming the most affected foreign community. “The hospital has lots of cracked glass, the door to entrance of the hospital is completely shattered,” Ms. Azar said. The committee includes the justice, interior and defence ministers, and the head of the top four security agencies: the Army, General Security, Internal Security Forces, and State Security. “This is a promise to the martyrs and wounded people. [249] Large quantities of the compound were removed from storage in Egypt, India, Romania, and Senegal. Cars were overturned and streets were blocked by debris, forcing many injured people to walk to hospitals. [144][i] The Armenian Catholicosate in Antelias sustained great damage. [169][170][dead link], Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, the city's main airport, about 10 km (6 mi) from the site of the blast, sustained moderate damage to the terminal buildings during the explosion. Later, someone would tell me that Beirut is of her generation, raised during Lebanon’s 15-year civil war, instinctively ran into their hallways as soon as they heard the first blast, to escape the glass they knew would break. [182] On 19 August, a Lebanon judge ordered the arrests of more suspects over the explosion, making the total number of accused 25. [68][18] The 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons) of ammonium nitrate was the equivalent to around 1,155 tonnes of TNT (4,830 gigajoules). Lebanese President Michel Aoun is calling on the Cabinet to declare a two-week state of emergency in Beirut after a massive explosion early Tuesday destroyed much of … “We are living in this doomed management of the country.”. [44][45] The orange-red colour of the smoke was caused by nitrogen dioxide, a byproduct of ammonium nitrate decomposition. Relatives of victims of the Aug. 4 Beirut port explosion hold portraits of their loved one who killed during the explosion, during a vigil at the seaport main entrance, as they marking four months since the blast that killed more than 200 people and injured thousands, in Beirut… Another challenge is the availability of space in the country’s disposal sites. [76][77] Foreigners from at least 22 countries were among the casualties. Editor's Note: This piece has been updated.A blood-red plume emanated from the port sector in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday, in an unexpected explosion … Ben Hubbard reported from Beirut, and Maria Abi-Habib from Los Angeles. [65][e] The General Director of General Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, said the ammonium nitrate confiscated from Rhosus had exploded. Only an hour before, we had all been walking dogs or checking email or grocery shopping. Fireworks and ammonium nitrate appear to have been the fuel that ignited a massive explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut, experts and videos of the blast suggest. [b][10] Letters had been sent on 27 June and 5 December 2014, 6 May 2015, 20 May and 13 October 2016, and 27 October 2017. Despite the damage, flights continued. 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