The identities of the 25 people found under the rubble have yet to be established, an official from the Lebanese Ministry of Health said. The official told the dpa news agency that 45 people are still missing after the explosion that left large parts of Beirut in ruins on Tuesday. The search is still ongoing.
The death toll is currently at 154. The Health Ministry said Friday that at least 120 of the more than 5,000 people injured in Tuesday’s explosion are still in mortal danger.
Great funeral ceremony
The Lebanese made preparations on Saturday for a large funeral ceremony for the victims of the explosion. The mass funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon under the motto ‘Justice for the victims, retaliation for the government’.
‘The Lebanese people will mourn there. We don’t want to see politicians there, ”the organizers told the dpa news agency. ‘It will be a day of grief and sorrow.
Friday evening, a C-130 cargo plane with urgent medical and humanitarian material left the military airport in Melsbroek for Beirut.