[194] The money pledged was not to be given to the Lebanese government, but rather to the people of Lebanon through the United Nations, other international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. [131][132][133] The grain silos were largely destroyed,[134] exacerbating food shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and a severe financial crisis. [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 large cache of explosive material seized by the government years ago was stored where the explosions occurred, according to top Lebanese officials — specifically ammonium nitrate, commonly used in both fertilizer and bombs. [55] Experts from the Blast and Impact Research Group at the University of Sheffield estimated that the explosion was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history. A smaller explosion was followed by a much larger one. [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. It said the decision covered both hospitals that have contracts with the ministry as well as those that don’t. The Dutch ambassador's wife, Hedwig Waltmans-Molier, was seriously injured and later died of her injuries. [76][77] Foreigners from at least 22 countries were among the casualties. On Aug. 4, around 2,700 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a warehouse in Beirut’s port. Among the worst were in 1983, when a suicide attack on the United States Embassy killed 63 people in April, and bombing in October on the headquarters of international peacekeepers killed 241 U.S. Marines and 58 French troops. “My friends, my friends. [172], The government formed an investigation committee led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab, which will submit its findings to the Council of Ministers of Lebanon by 11 August. [249] Large quantities of the compound were removed from storage in Egypt, India, Romania, and Senegal. Less than a week ago, Israel said it had thwarted a raid by a “terrorist squad” from Hezbollah, the Shiite group that is part of Lebanon’s government, in a disputed border area. The explosion 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. Anwar Amro/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images. [221], On 10 August 2020, Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the Lebanese cabinet resigned due to mounting political pressure exacerbated by the event. Then came a much bigger boom, and the sound itself seemed to splinter. Another bombing in Lebanon upended Middle East politics in February of 2005, when Rafik Hariri, a former prime minister, was killed along with 21 others by a car bombing of his motorcade. The blast was felt in Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestine and parts of Europe, and was heard in Cyprus, more than 240 km (150 mi) away. It’s fallen, it’s on the floor,” Dr. Haddad says, as broken glass is heard crackling underfoot. Couple survives Beirut explosion less than 600 meters from blast site Canadian premier makes a critical holiday plea Before this teacher, school attendance was as low as 2%. I couldn’t find my passport, or sturdy shoes. I was just about to look at a video a friend had sent me on Tuesday afternoon — “the port seems to be burning,” she said — when my whole building shook. ce", "Iraq clears ports of 'hazardous materials' following Beirut blast", "To avoid Beirut's scenario, Iraq evacuates hazardous material from Umm Qasr port", Photos: Explosion Leaves Beirut in Shatters, Explosion in Beirut: Photos From a City Still Reeling From the Blast, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=2020_Beirut_explosion&oldid=992341045, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Articles containing potentially dated statements from November 2020, All articles containing potentially dated statements, Articles with dead external links from October 2020, Wikipedia articles in need of updating from November 2020, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 December 2020, at 19:29. The source of the explosion, which blew buildings apart and destroyed vehicles as it pulsated across the capital, was not immediately known. Videos showed only twisted metal and chunks of concrete where that warehouse had been, some of it identifiable as the remains of trucks and shipping containers. [138], Saint George Hospital, one of the city's largest medical facilities, was less than 1 kilometer (5⁄8 mile) from the explosion, and was so badly damaged that staff were forced to treat patients in the street. [145] All the stained glass windows of the National Evangelical Church were blown out. [39] Hezbollah launched a blood donation campaign on 5 August. The scene of an explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020. There was shattered glass flying everywhere. [168] CMA CGM's offices, located a few hundred meters away from the site of the explosion, were severely damaged. An Israeli intelligence official denied any Israeli involvement in the incident. The Lebanese Red Cross said that every available ambulance from North Lebanon, Bekaa and South Lebanon was being dispatched to Beirut to help patients. world; middle east; Beirut explosion: World reacts to deadly Lebanon blast. BEIRUT — As dazed Lebanese on Wednesday picked through the wreckage inflicted by a massive explosion in their capital city, shock turned to anger … Many landmarks, including hospitals, mosques, churches and universities are nearby. One employee died and two were severely injured. [182] On 19 August, a Lebanon judge ordered the arrests of more suspects over the explosion, making the total number of accused 25. [121] French architect Jean-Marc Bonfils died after suffering serious injuries at his apartment in the East Village building in Mar Mikhaël. They had been forced to live aboard the ship for about a year. Beirut Port the day after the explosion. [h] Furthermore, at least 108 Bangladeshi nationals were injured in the blasts, becoming the most affected foreign community. Hezbollah has refrained from killing Israelis while Israel has largely avoided killing Hezbollah fighters in Syria, where they are fighting on the Syrian government’s side. In the summer of 2006, Israel and Hezbollah engaged in a 34-day war that, according to a tally by Human Rights Watch, left more than 1,100 Lebanese and at least 55 Israelis dead, most of them civilians. [116][117][161], The edible-oil tanker ship Amadeo II was nearest to the explosion, which deposited the mangled remains of the ship on a nearby quay. [135] About 15,000 tonnes (14,800 long tons; 16,500 short tons) of grain were lost, leaving the country with less than a month's worth of grain in reserve. [157][167][118], Hapag-Lloyd's offices in Beirut were destroyed. 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[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. Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon's intelligence agency, said the explosion may have come after highly explosive material was confiscated from a ship and stored in a warehouse in Beirut's port, according to the AP. A massive explosion has rocked Beirut, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the Lebanese capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud … The economy of Lebanon was in a state of crisis before the explosions, with the government having defaulted on debt, the pound plunging, and a poverty rate that had risen past 50%. Environment Toxic gas released after Beirut explosion, residents ask how bad is it? [171] Doors and windows were destroyed, and ceiling tiles were shaken loose by the shockwave, severing electrical wires. 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