The bombing in Lebanon: But heavy and chaos following the explosions in Beirut

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Lebanese residents wake up this morning (Wednesday) to a very severe morning, after two loud explosions shook the city in the afternoon, in the 12th hangar area of ​​Beirut’s seaport, killing at least 80 people and injuring about 4,000. Many rescue workers who were called to the scene struggled hard to contain the fires that erupted all around. Sources in Israel responded to the incident and claimed that it had nothing to do with it, so at the moment the circumstances of the incident are unknown and are under investigation. According to what is known so far, the material that exploded is thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate.

The front pages of major Lebanese newspapers read, among other things: “Oh Beirut,” “The Great Collapse,” and “The Nakba of Beirut.” US President Donald Trump addressed the circumstances leading up to the disaster tonight (Wednesday). Trump said at a news briefing that according to U.S. military estimates, “the explosion that happened in Beirut looks like a horrific attack,” caused by some kind of bomb. We send our prayers to the families of all the victims. ” The US president has offered state aid to Lebanon.

The explosion in the port of Beirut, credit: Arab networks

Newspaper headline in Lebanon (Photo: Arab networks)
But in Lebanese newspapers (Photo: Arab networks)But in Lebanese newspapers (Photo: Arab networks)

Hard morning throughout Lebanon (Photo: Arab networks)Hard morning throughout Lebanon (Photo: Arab networks)

According to initial and unverified reports, the explosion took place at a Hezbollah weapons depot. However, the cautious assessment in Israel is that the source of the explosion is not weapons. Initially it was estimated that the fire broke out from a flare of a fuel reservoir or a fireworks depot. The Al-Miyadin network, which is close to Hezbollah, said that the director of customs at the port claimed that the substance that caused the explosion was actually nitrogen, while others claimed that it was an ammonia accumulation. Beirut governor Marwan Aboud burst into tears live when he referred to the events, claiming that “the city is a disaster area, what happened is similar to the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called on all residents of the country to unite in the face of the catastrophic disaster. He claimed the cause of the fire was due to poor storage of explosives, declaring that those responsible would pay the price: “The facts about this dangerous warehouse have been around since 2016,” Diab added in a brief television speech. “This is a huge national catastrophe and the sights we have seen reflect the tragedy. Beirut in mourning and the whole of Lebanon is hurt, but it is a test that national unity will only benefit from. What happened will not pass without account, and it is a national promise and commitment.”

Destruction in Lebanon following the explosions (Photo: Arab networks)Destruction in Lebanon following the explosions (Photo: Arab networks)

A state of emergency has been declared in the city and the Lebanese cabinet will convene tonight at the presidential palace. In addition, a day of mourning was declared. Hundreds of people injured in the incident were evacuated to nearby hospitals. The Turkish Andulo network reported the collapse of a three-story building as a result of the blast, and that there are trapped under the rubble. It was also reported that following the incident, chaos began that was well felt in the city center. Many fire and rescue forces rushed to the capital, creating huge traffic jams throughout Beirut. Eyewitnesses who were present at the scene claimed that the explosions were so intense that glass windows in buildings very far from the focus of the incident shattered.

Damage was also done to the presidential palace and the prime minister’s office, but they themselves were not harmed. The Red Cross called on residents to donate blood. “You can see wounded on every street in the city, glass everywhere, cars damaged, it’s like an apocalypse,” an eyewitness told CNN. “It’s very scary what’s happening now and people are going crazy. Emergency services are collapsing.”

Israel will offer Lebanon, through a UN envoy, humanitarian aid and medical assistance. IDF Spokesman Hedi Zilberman wrote on Twitter in Arabic: “This is the time to transcend any conflict.” President Reuven Rivlin published in Hebrew, English and Arabic: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people at the time of its disaster and send out a helping hand at this difficult time.”

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