Foreigners from at least 22 countries were among the casualties. The larger blast was heard and felt in Cyprus, more than 100 miles away, and registered on seismographs at magnitude 3.3. “The full ceiling fell on some patients in some rooms. As they collected their nerves and their belongings, they saw that the party’s general secretary, Nazar Najarian, had been wounded by falling debris. In a televised statement, an official of the Lebanese Higher Defense Council quoted Prime Minister Diab as saying: “I will not relax until we find the responsible party for what happened, hold it accountable and apply the most serious punishments against it because it isn’t acceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate — estimated to be 2,750 tons — was in a depot for the past six years without precautionary measures being taken.”. It killed more than two hundred people, wounded over 6,500, and destroyed large parts of the city. [178] Later, on 17 August, the incumbent director-general of Lebanon's customs authority Badri Daher was also arrested. Health facilities were badly damaged at the moment they were most needed. Patients were transported to hospitals outside Beirut because those in the city were at capacity. He said the parents of four children being treated for cancer were so panicked they grabbed their children, pulled out their intravenous needles and bundled them into their cars, headed to other hospitals or even went home. A United Nations-backed tribunal at The Hague has been trying four operatives of Hezbollah, which is now part of Lebanon’s government, in absentia for the Hariri assassination and is due to render a verdict this Friday. [39] Hezbollah launched a blood donation campaign on 5 August. [70], The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International said that, according to attendees of a Higher Defence Council briefing, the fire was ignited by workers welding a door at a warehouse. A major challenge in managing the hazardous C&D waste generated by the explosion in Beirut is funding. [203] President Aoun said the government would provide support to displaced people, and the Ministry of Health would meet the expense of treatment for the wounded. My yellow front door had been hurled on top of my dining table. [31], Customs officials had sent letters to judges requesting a resolution to the issue of the confiscated cargo, proposing that the ammonium nitrate be either exported, given to the army, or sold to the private Lebanese Explosives Company. When the explosion struck, meetings were in full swing less than a mile away, at the hillside headquarters of the Kataeb Party, a Christian political group that was once one of Lebanon’s most powerful. They erupted next to a tall building called Beirut Port Silos, at or near a structure identified on maps as a warehouse. The governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, speaking on television, could not say what had caused the explosion. On Aug. 4, around 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a warehouse in Beirut’s port. The man was intubated and in critical condition at another hospital, Dr. Noun said. [1] [17][11][12] Some sources said it was forced to port due to mechanical issues and possibly engine problems,[18][17] while other sources claimed the owner did not have sufficient funds to pay tolls for the Suez Canal and attempted to take on a shipment of heavy machinery in Beirut. Everything We Know About the Site Following Deadly Explosion", "Beirut explosion: Legendary Palestinian banker envisaged silos that shielded his adopted city from more destruction", "m/v Rhosus – Arrest and Personal Freedom of the Crew", "Beirut blast: Tracing the explosives that tore the capital apart", "How ship's deadly cargo ended up at Beirut port", "How did so much ammonium nitrate make it to Port of Beirut? [174] President Aoun rejected calls for an international probe despite demands from world leaders. [132] The Lebanese ambassador to Jordan Tracy Chamoun also resigned. Pray to God, pray to God.”. Hours earlier, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon’s general security service, had said that “highly explosive materials” were stored at the site, which Mr. Aoun then confirmed. Deloitte provided computers to Lebanese women entrepreneurs, families, and young students impacted by the Beirut explosion and COVID-19. [19][20] The heavy machinery was stacked on top of the doors to the cargo space containing the ammonium nitrate, causing the doors to buckle, which damaged the ship. [221], On 10 August 2020, Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the Lebanese cabinet resigned due to mounting political pressure exacerbated by the event. The explosions hit Beirut’s northern, industrial waterfront, little more than a mile away from the Grand Serail palace, where Lebanon’s prime minister is based. A massive explosion has rocked Beirut, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the Lebanese capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud … [157][166] The livestock carrier Jouri and the cargo ships Mero Star and Raouf H were also close to the blast and suffered serious damage; AIS from these ships stopped broadcasting at the time of the explosion. [37] Nazar Najarian, the secretary-general of the Kataeb Party, died after suffering severe head injuries. Lebanon was already in dire economic straits before the explosion wiped out Beirut's port area and damaged buildings across the city. [39][139] Four nurses died from the initial blast, fifteen patients died after their ventilators stopped working, and several child cancer patients were injured by flying glass. [121] French architect Jean-Marc Bonfils died after suffering serious injuries at his apartment in the East Village building in Mar Mikhaël. Israeli military officials said there was an exchange of gunfire, which Hezbollah denied. The Sursock Museum was severely damaged, as were many of its artworks, and some ceramics were completely destroyed. Civil defence official says bodies are still trapped inside the port, many of them under debris [207], On 9 August, the information minister of Lebanon, Manal Abdel Samad and then environment minister, Damianos Kattar resigned, the first government resignations since the explosion. [192], Health Minister Hamad Hasan requested that international aid be sent to Lebanon;[5] a number of countries sent in food, medical supplies, field hospitals, medical workers, and rescue teams. Not thinking but moving, I ducked under my desk. [71][72] A former port worker said that "[t]here were 30 to 40 nylon bags of fireworks inside warehouse 12" that he had personally seen. [157][158] Two members of the crew were killed, and seven crew members were injured. [202] The Lebanese government declared a two-week state of emergency. [147] Embassies in and around Beirut reported varying degrees of damage to their buildings; the embassies of Argentina,[148] Australia,[149] Finland,[150] Cyprus,[131] and the Netherlands,[102] which were close to the blast, sustained heavy damage, while minor damage was reported from the South Korean,[151] Hungarian,[152] Kazakh,[153] Russian,[153] Bulgarian,[154] Romanian,[155] and Turkish[156] embassies. Two parents of his patients were in critical condition, Dr. Noun said. Lebanon, a country already reeling from an unprecedented economic crisis, and a surge in coronavirus infections, was struck by the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut … In the video below, from the explosion in the port, smaller explosions, possibly fireworks, can be seen in the smoke plume, before the large explosion. [175], On 5 August, the Council agreed to place sixteen Beirut port officials who had overseen storage and security since 2014 under house arrest, overseen by the army, pending the investigation into the explosions. 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