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World Two huge Beirut explosions kill 78, injure thousands

07:51  05 august  2020
07:51  05 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Hundreds wounded as huge blast rips through Lebanon's Beirut

  Hundreds wounded as huge blast rips through Lebanon's Beirut Thick smoke seen rising above the capital after powerful blast; cause of explosion remains unknown.The massive explosion on Tuesday at Beirut's port released a shockwave which caused widespread damage to buildings, shattering windows in different parts of the city.

Rescuers worked through the night into Wednesday after two enormous explosions ripped through Beirut 's port, killing at least 78 people and injuring thousands , as they wrecked buildings across the Lebanese capital. The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky

Beirut (AFP) - Two enormous explosions rocked Beirut 's port on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding thousands , shaking distant buildings and leaving the Lebanese capital in fear and chaos. The deafening second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: A helicopter pours water onto the fire at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut © STR A helicopter pours water onto the fire at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut

Rescuers worked through the night into Wednesday after two enormous explosions ripped through Beirut's port, killing at least 78 people and injuring thousands, as they wrecked buildings across the Lebanese capital.

The second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, immediately followed by a tornado-like shockwave that flattened the port and shattered windows across the city.

Huge explosion rocks Lebanon's capital Beirut: Live updates

  Huge explosion rocks Lebanon's capital Beirut: Live updates Hundreds wounded in huge explosion that ripped through Lebanese capital, according to the country's health minister.The explosion released a shockwave causing widespread damage to buildings and shattering windows in different parts of the city.

Two enormous explosions rocked Beirut 's port on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding thousands , shaking distant buildings and leaving the Lebanese capital in fear and chaos. The deafening second blast sent an enormous orange fireball into the sky, flattened the harbourside and

The explosion happened in the heart of Beirut in the busy port area at about 6pm (local time) during the busy rush hour.It began with a fire which is believed to have started in a fireworks factory at the port. Smoke rises from the port facility after large explosions devastated Beirut .

a large ship in the background: The blast in Beirut's port area sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky © Anwar AMRO The blast in Beirut's port area sent a huge plume of smoke into the sky

The explosions -- which were heard in Nicosia, 240 kilometres (150 miles) away in Cyprus -- were logged by seismologists, registering as the equivalent of a 3.3-magnitude earthquake.

a group of people standing in front of a building: The blast which rattled entire buildings was felt across the city and far beyond © Anwar AMRO The blast which rattled entire buildings was felt across the city and far beyond

Bloodied, dazed and wounded people stumbled among the debris, glass shards and burning buildings in central Beirut.

Around 4,000 people were hurt by the blasts, with injuries recorded right across the city.

Lebanon is already reeling from an economic crisis that has left more than half of the population in poverty. The situation has been worsened in recent months by the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump describes the explosion in Beirut as a suspected bomb attack

 Trump describes the explosion in Beirut as a suspected bomb attack Beirut. What caused the huge explosion in Beirut, with many dead and thousands injured? According to US President Donald Trump, it could have been a bomb that exploded in the Beirut port area. © Twitter The mushroom cloud after the explosion in Beirut. US President Donald Trump has spoken of a bomb attack in connection with the serious explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut. His generals would not assume an accident due to the nature of the detonation. "They think it looks like an attack.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A huge blast in port warehouses near central Beirut storing highly explosive material killed 78 people, injured nearly 4,000 and sent It was the most powerful explosion in years to hit Beirut , which is already reeling from an economic crisis and a surge in coronavirus infections.

A HUGE explosion has killed at least 78 people and left 4,000 injured after the blast devastated parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut . Pictures show buildings destroyed, people walking wounded, and a sea of wreckage after the blast that could be heard some 125 miles away in Cyprus. Lebanon's state news

Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 tonnes of the agricultural fertiliser ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a portside warehouse had blown up, sparking "a disaster in every sense of the word".

a group of people in uniform: The huge numbers of wounded quickly overwhelmed Beirut's hospitals © IBRAHIM AMRO The huge numbers of wounded quickly overwhelmed Beirut's hospitals

"What happened today will not pass without accountability," said Diab. "Those responsible for this catastrophe will pay the price."

General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said the material had been confiscated years earlier and stored in the warehouse, just minutes from Beirut's shopping and nightlife districts.

A soldier at the port, where relatives of the missing scrambled for news of their loved ones, told AFP: "It's a catastrophe inside. There are corpses on the ground. Ambulances are still lifting the dead."

a man riding on the back of a truck: An injured man lies at the back of a car before being rushed away from the scene of a massive explosion at the port © Marwan TAHTAH An injured man lies at the back of a car before being rushed away from the scene of a massive explosion at the port

A woman in her twenties stood screaming at security forces, asking about the fate of her brother, a port employee.

Isabelle Adjani "devastated": she lost a friend in the explosions in Beirut

 Isabelle Adjani © Veeren Ramsamy-Christophe Clovis / Bestimage Isabelle Adjani "devastated": she lost a friend in the explosions in Beirut This Tuesday, August 4, a deadly double explosion struck Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. On Instagram, Isabelle Adjani announced that she had lost one of her close friends. The city has fallen into chaos. This Tuesday, August 4, at the end of the day, a double explosion took place in the port of Beirut, capital of Lebanon.

BEIRUT : Two massive explosions in Beirut killed at least 50 people, wounded more than 2 ,700 and caused extensive damage across the Lebanese capital. #WATCH: Footage of huge explosion in # Beirut - two blasts rock #Lebanon's capital, officials report "very high number of injuries "https

Map of area where Beirut explosion occurred in Lebanon on Aug. 4, 2020. VOA reporter Anchal Vohra's Beirut apartment was damaged by the explosion Witnesses said Tuesday’s disaster began with a series of small explosions that sounded like firecrackers, followed by a huge blast that sent a

"His name is Jad, his eyes are green," she pleaded, to no avail as officers refused her entry.

"It was like an atomic bomb," said Makrouhie Yerganian, a retired schoolteacher in her mid-70s who has lived near the port for decades.

a man standing in front of a city: A wounded man walks near the scene of the explosion in Beirut © Anwar AMRO A wounded man walks near the scene of the explosion in Beirut

"I've experienced everything, but nothing like this before," even during the country's 1975-1990 civil war, she said.

"All the buildings around here have collapsed."

AFP correspondents across the city saw shop and apartment windows blown out and streets covered with broken glass.

Photos posted online showed damage to the inside of Beirut airport's terminal, nine kilometres from the explosion.

Hospitals already struggling with the country's coronavirus outbreak were overwhelmed by the influx of wounded people and the country's Red Cross called for urgent blood donations.

- 'We saw the mushroom' -

As the national defence council declared Beirut a disaster zone,

Diab appealed to Lebanon's allies to "stand by" the country and "help us treat these deep wounds".

Explosions in Lebanon: the UN fears a shortage of flour

 Explosions in Lebanon: the UN fears a shortage of flour After the explosion which ripped open the grain silos near the port of Beirut, the FAO fears "to have a problem of availability of flour in the short term" . © STR / AFP A large quantity of the wheat reserves at the port of Beirut were affected or destroyed by the explosion. The explosions in Beirut have multiple consequences.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A huge explosion in port warehouses near central Beirut killed more than 50 people, injured over 2 ,750 and sent shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital. Officials expected the death toll to rise further after

Full report: huge explosion in Beirut . ‘We’re cursed’: shock and despair as explosion devastates city. Video shows a massive explosion rocking central Beirut , shattering windows, knocking down doors Lebanon: at least 50 killed as huge explosion rocks Beirut . Thousands injured in blast

President Michel Aoun declared three days of mourning, and announced he would release 100 billion lira ($66 million) of emergency funds.

Condolences poured in from across the world with Gulf nations, the United States and even Lebanon's arch foe Israel offering to send aid. France also promised to send assistance.

AFP video footage showed areas of near-complete devastation, with cars flipped onto their roofs, warehouses flattened and survivors drenched from head to toe in their own blood.

"We heard an explosion, then we saw the mushroom," said a Beirut resident who witnessed the second deafening explosion from her balcony in the city's Mansourieh district.

"The force of the blast threw us backwards into the apartment."

An AFP correspondent at the scene minutes after said every shop in the Hamra commercial district had been damaged, with entire storefronts destroyed and many cars wrecked.

A huge blaze sent up black smoke from the port area, as helicopters dumped water on burning buildings.

A ship moored off the port was on fire, and the blasts also damaged a vessel deployed with United Nations peacekeeping force UNIFIL and injured some of its personnel.

- 'Like an earthquake' -

Hundreds shared their shock and grief on social media.

"Buildings are shaking," tweeted one resident, while another wrote: "An enormous, deafening explosion just engulfed Beirut. Heard it from miles away."

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 © Copyright 2020, L'Obs "Lebanon is not a French protectorate": the Insoumis Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the boss of EELV Julien Bayou or the vice-president of RN Jordan Bardella criticized Thursday August 6 the visit of Emmanuel Macron in the country, two days after deadly explosions in Beirut. “I warn against interference in the political life of Lebanon. It will not be accepted.

Online footage from a Lebanese newspaper office showed blown-out windows, scattered furniture and demolished interior panelling.

The explosions hit a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades

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The local currency has plunged, and businesses have shuttered en masse, as poverty and unemployment have soared at an alarming rate.

Charity Save the Children said "the incident could not have occurred at a worse time".

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Australian Beirut explosion victim identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers .
Isaac's family says they are heartbroken by the loss of their boy and express condolences to everyone in Lebanon after the disaster which killed 158 people, injured 5,000 and destroyed much of the Mediterranean city of Beirut.His family has issued a statement on their loss following the disaster which killed 158 people, injured 5,000 and destroyed much of the Mediterranean city on Tuesday.

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