2020-08-04 21:46:43 UTC
(Jerk ass CNN - fills the top of the page with another
of their bias filled TDS headlines.
How can those assholes waste so many words, and
not mention what others can??
"Authorities said they had not determined a cause for the blast.
Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might
have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated
from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. Local television
channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate.")
Why did Lebanon sieze this shipload of sodium nitrate?
Why did they keep it in a downtown warehouse next to fireworks?
Huge explosion rocks Beirut, injuring thousands across Lebanese capital
By Ghazi Balkiz, Tamara Qiblawi and Ben Wedeman, CNN
Updated 4:53 PM ET, Tue August 4, 2020
Beirut explosion kills dozens, injures thousands
Beirut explosion kills dozens, injures thousands 01:21
Beirut, Lebanon (CNN)A massive explosion ripped through central Beirut
on Tuesday, injuring thousands of people and blowing out windows in
buildings across the city.
The blast near the port in the Lebanese capital sent up a huge mushroom
cloud-shaped shockwave, flipping cars and damaging distant buildings. It
was felt as far as Cyprus, hundreds of miles away.
At least 50 people were killed in the blast -- with many more feared
dead -- and at least 2,750 people have been wounded, Health Minister
Hamad Hassan told reporters.
There were conflicting reports on what caused the explosion, which was
initially blamed on a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near
the port, according to NNA. The director of the general security
directorate later said the blast was caused by "high explosive materials
confiscated years ago," but did not provide further details.
An investigation into the explosion was announced by Lebanese Prime
Minister Hassan Diab. The probe will include "revelations that will be
announced about this dangerous warehouse which has been present since
2014," he said, without providing any additional details.
The lethal blast "will not pass without accountability," he said in a
televised statement, adding that "those responsible will pay for what
A red cloud hung over the city in the wake of the explosion as
firefighting teams rushed to the scene to try to put out the fire.
Footage from the scene captured the injured staggering through streets
in the capital; and ambulances, cars and military vehicles packed with
the wounded. One eyewitness described the scenes as "like an apocalypse."
At least 10 firefighters are missing, according to the city's governor
Marwan Abboud, who said the scene reminded him of "Hiroshima and
Nagasaki." "In my life I haven't seen destruction on this scale," Abboud
said. "This is a national catastrophe."
The blast comes at a tense time in Lebanon. On Friday a UN-backed panel
is expected to issue a verdict on the 2005 assassination of former prime
minister Rafik Hariri, a move many fear will stoke sectarian tensions.
The country is also in the midst of an economic meltdown, with
ballooning unemployment, a tanking currency and poverty rates soaring
Chaotic scenes filled Beirut's hospitals Tuesday as doctors conducted
triage on dozens of wounded people. Some had broken limbs, others had
been showered with shards of glass. Some patients were unconscious.
Emergency wards are inundated with the injured. One of Beirut's major
hospitals, Hotel Dieu, received around 400 injured patients, an employee
The American University of Beirut Medical Center has been unable to
receive more patients, partly due to blast damage, according to state media.
The Secretary-General of the Kataeb political Party, Nazar Najarian,
died after being injured in the explosion, Lebanese state media NNA
reported. He was in his office when the explosion happened.
The blast damaged buildings across the city, including the official
residence of Lebanon's president, the headquarters of former Prime
Minister Saad Hariri, and CNN's bureau in downtown Beirut. Homes as far
as 10 kilometers away were damaged, according to witnesses.
One Beirut resident who was several kilometers away from the site of the
blast said her windows had been shattered by the explosion. "What I felt
was that it was an earthquake," Rania Masri told CNN.
"The apartment shook horizontally and all of a sudden it felt like an
explosion and the windows and doors burst open. The glass just broke. So
many homes were damaged or destroyed."
The blast damaged buildings across the city, including the port.
"You can see injured people all over the streets in Beirut, glass all
over the place, cars are damaged, it is like an apocalypse," said Bachar
Ghattas, another eyewitness.
"It is very, very frightening what is happening right now, and people
are freaking out. The emergency services are overwhelmed," Ghattas told
CNN. "Beirut port is totally destroyed."
Prime Minister Diab described the explosion as a "catastrophe" in his
televised statement. He concluded by making "an emergency call to all
those countries who love this country to stand by us and to help us heal
our deep wounds." World leaders soon expressed their condolences amid
the unfolding tragedy.
Israel offered humanitarian medical assistance to Lebanon -- a
significant offer as Lebanon is one of a small number of countries that
Israel regards as an enemy state. There have been no diplomatic
relations since a ceasefire signed between the two countries in 1949.
The UK, Turkey, Qatar and Spain were also among the countries that
offered their support to Lebanon.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi called his Lebanese counterpart
Charbel Wahbeh to say that"Jordanians stand in support with Lebanon and
its Lebanese brothers and are ready to offer any help they need," he
said in a tweet.
French President Emmanuel Macron said "rescue and aid" were on the way
to Lebanon, while expressing solidarity with the "Lebanese people after
the explosion that caused so many casualties and so much damage tonight
Thousands were wounded from the blast
Thousands were wounded from the blast
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted that his country was ready
to help Lebanon "in any way necessary."
"My thoughts are with the people of #Lebanon and with the families of
the victims of the tragic #BeirutBlast," President of the European
Council Charles Michel said in a tweet. "The EU stands ready to provide
assistance and support."
The United States Ambassador in Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, expressed
"heartfelt sympathies" to the victims and their families after "having
witnessed the horrific explosions at the Port," she said in a statement
shared on Twitter.
"We mourn each loss from this terrible tragedy alongside the Lebanese
people," the US Ambassador added.
CNN's Schams Elwazer, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Tara John, Alessandra Massi,
Nada AlTaher, Hamdi Alkhshali, Amir Tal and Andrew Carey contributed to