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.
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.”