Lebanon: The death toll from bombings in Beirut has risen to 78

Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Lebanon: The death toll from bombings in Beirut has risen to 78
Lebanon: The death toll from bombings in 
Beirut has risen to 78

  • Lebanon: A bomb blast near the Lebanese capital, Beirut, has killed at least 78 people and injured 3,000 others.
  • The sudden explosions and destruction at the port of Beirut drew worldwide attention.
  • The blasts at the port initially killed 10 people, but the death toll has risen to 78, with nearly 3,000 injured.
  • Among those killed was Nazar Najarain, secretary general of Lebanon's Khatib party, while dozens of wounded were in critical condition, raising fears of an increase in the death toll.
  • According to foreign media, the blasts were so severe that the windows of buildings were shattered 24 km away.
  • The magnitude of the blasts can also be gauged from the fact that several vehicles flew over the port area and crashed into the third floor of the building.
  • Beirut's governor has called the port bombings a Hiroshima-like disaster.
  • Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has confirmed that the blasts took place in a warehouse where 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored.
  • He said an investigation was underway into how the material had been there for six years.
  • The Lebanese Prime Minister has declared a day of mourning today and made it clear that those responsible for the bombing will have to pay the price.
  • Israel imposed war on Lebanon a few years ago, which is why Israel had to explain that it had nothing to do with the bombings.


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