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US News Lebanon: the government declares a state of emergency for two weeks

09:15  06 august  2020
09:15  06 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Israel claims to have prevented the intrusion of a Lebanese commando, Hezbollah denies

 Israel claims to have prevented the intrusion of a Lebanese commando, Hezbollah denies © Mahmoud ZAYYAT / AFP Smoke above the village of Kfarchouba, in southern Lebanon, after exchanges of fire in the so-called area farms in Shebaa, controlled by Israel, July 27, 2020. The Israeli army claims to have foiled an attempted intrusion by a Lebanese commando on the territory it controls, this Monday, July 27. All eyes are on the Shiite Hezbollah movement, which denies it but promises to avenge the death of one of its members. Tension remains high on both sides.

The Lebanese government has declared a two - week state of emergency , effectively giving the military full powers in the capital. Most of our staff- as are most people in Lebanon - are in a state of shock.” She said the agency was providing drinking water to staff at the Beirut port and are supporting

The Lebanese government has declared a two - week state of emergency , effectively giving the military full powers in the capital. Most of our staff- as are most people in Lebanon - are in a state of shock.” She said the agency was providing drinking water to staff at the Beirut port and are supporting

Le 6 août 2020: le port de Beyrouth dévasté par l'explosion du 4 août. © REUTERS / Issam Abdallah August 6, 2020: the port of Beirut devastated by the explosion of August 4.

In Lebanon, the toll of the double explosion that devastated the capital Beirut on Tuesday August 4 has grown even worse, now amounting to 135 dead and more than 5,000 injured. The Lebanese government has declared a state of emergency for two weeks in the capital, where French President Emmanuel Macron is due to land on Thursday (August 6th) to express France's support and solidarity.

With our correspondent in Beirut, Paul Khalifeh

In Beirut, dozens of people are still missing. Relief operations continue in several directions. At port , searches continue to try to locate the bodies of a large number of soldiers and firefighters who disappeared while trying to put out the fire that started just before the double explosion. The destruction on this site is almost total. There is no structure left standing. Even the silos were badly damaged.

Explosions in Beirut: the international community offers aid to Lebanon

 Explosions in Beirut: the international community offers aid to Lebanon © REUTERS / Aziz Taher Apocalyptic scenes reigned in Beirut after a double explosion on Tuesday August 4th. Here, the remains of a building near the port, August 5, 2020. As Lebanon tries to deal with the damage from the double explosion in Beirut on Tuesday August 4, messages of support are pouring in from all over the world. The leaders continue to offer aid to this country, already ravaged by one of the most serious economic crises in its history.

The Lebanese government has declared a two - week state of emergency , effectively giving the military full powers in the capital. Most of our staff- as are most people in Lebanon - are in a state of shock.” She said the agency was providing drinking water to staff at the Beirut port and are supporting

The Lebanese government has declared a two - week state of emergency , effectively giving the military full powers in the capital. The government announced the measure during a cabinet meeting, according to the Associated Press. It confirmed earlier reports that the government was putting an

Hundreds of thousands of homeless people

Efforts also continue to organize care for the injured in order to relieve congestion in hospitals, which were practically saturated, especially as four establishments are out of service, according to the Minister of Health . The installation of two field hospitals provided by Qatar should improve the situation.

The other major challenge is the management of the homeless, who, according to the governor of Beirut, number 300,000 people. In this regard, Lebanon relies mainly on national solidarity and international aid. Meanwhile, the Lebanese military, vested with important powers under the state of emergency, is tasked with overseeing the damage assessment process.

The investigation is underway

Port of Beirut: the catastrophe which adds to the economic collapse

 Port of Beirut: the catastrophe which adds to the economic collapse © Maxar Technologies / via REUTERS Satellite image of the port of Beirut after the double explosion on August 4th. Located in the heart of Beirut, the port is one of the main economic lungs of Lebanon. The importance of its infrastructure is all the more critical as the country imports the vast majority of its food needs. For the Lebanese, the explosion in the port of the capital is one catastrophe too many in a context of economic and social crisis.

The Lebanese government has declared a two - week state of emergency , effectively giving the military full powers in the capital. The government announced the measure during a cabinet meeting, according to the Associated Press. It confirmed earlier reports that the government was putting an

The Lebanese government has declared a two - week state of emergency , effectively giving the military full powers in the capital. The government announced the measure during a cabinet meeting, according to the Associated Press. It confirmed earlier reports that the government was putting an

In terms of the investigation, the government wants to move quickly. He only gave investigators five days to present their findings. He also called for house arrest of those suspected of being involved in the storage of ammonium nitrate at the port of Beirut.

New details are starting to appear. Customs Director Badri Daher confirmed that a fireworks depot was indeed located near the hangar where the 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored. The official revealed to have alerted the justice six times and officially on the danger of the storage of this highly explosive material in the port.

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Turkish President Erdogan accuses Macron of "colonialism" and "spectacle" in Lebanon .
© Ludovic Marin / Pool via REUTERS Emmanuel Macron and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in July 2018, on the sidelines of a NATO summit. Erdogan accused Emmanuel Macron of "colonialist" aims, after the French president's highly publicized visit to Lebanon on Thursday August 6.

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