Beirut rescue operations still in full swing after major explosion | Abroad

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The search for devastated areas around the port includes military personnel, volunteers and members of the Lebanese Red Cross. “I wait here and don’t leave. My brother works in the harbor and we haven’t heard from him since the explosion happened, ā€¯shouted a woman standing nearby.

Tuesday’s explosion killed at least 137 people. At least 5,000 people were also injured, authorities say. Many countries, including the Netherlands, have pledged aid to Lebanon.

French President Emmanuel Macron left for Lebanon early Thursday morning, where he is expected in a few hours. He is the first world leader to visit the country after the mega-explosion, which was already in a deep economic and political crisis before the disaster.

Macron will talk to political protagonists and give a press conference at the end of the afternoon. His government has also sent multiple planes with rescuers, medical equipment and a mobile clinic.

A Frenchman was also killed in the explosion in Beirut, the French authorities announced. It concerns architect Jean-Marc Bonfils. Another 24 French were injured.

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