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Massive Beirut blast kills more than 60, injures thousands

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A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.

Hours later, ambulances still carried away the wounded as army helicopters helped battle fires raging at the port.

The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis: Beirut hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies and generators to keep their lights on.

The cause of the blast, which sparked fires, overturned cars and blew out windows and doors, was not immediately known.

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.

Witnesses reported seeing a strange orange-colored cloud over the site after the explosion. Orange clouds of toxic nitrogen dioxide gas often accompany an explosion involving nitrates.

An Israeli government official said Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. Israeli officials usually do not comment on “foreign reports.”

The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel. It could be heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, more than 200 kilometers (180 miles) across the Mediterranean.

“It was a real horror show. I haven’t seen anything like that since the days of the (civil) war,” said Marwan Ramadan, who was about 500 meters (yards) from the port and was knocked off his feet by the force of the explosion.

Health Minister Hassan Hamad said the preliminary toll was more than 60 dead and more than 3,000 wounded. Emergency teams streamed in from across Lebanon to help, and the injured had to be taken to hospitals outside the capital. Hamad added that hospitals were barely coping and offers of aid were pouring in from Arab states and friends of Lebanon.

Some of those injured lay on the ground at the port, Associated Press staff at the scene said. A civil defense official said there were still bodies inside the port, many under debris.

Beirut’s governor, Marwan Abboud, broke into tears as he toured the site, saying, “Beirut is a devastated city.”

Initially, video taken by residents showed a fire raging at the port, sending up a giant column of smoke, illuminated by flashes of what appear to be fireworks. Local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved.

The fire then appeared to catch at a nearby building, triggering a more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave.

Charbel Haj, who works at the port, said it started as small explosions like firecrackers. Then, he said, he was thrown off his feet by the huge blast. His clothes were torn.

Miles from the port, building facades were shredded, balconies were knocked down and windows shattered. Streets were covered with glass and bricks and lined with wrecked cars. Motorcyclists picked their way through traffic, carrying the injured.

One woman covered in blood from the waist up walked down a trashed street while talking furiously on her phone. On another street, a woman with a bloodied face looked distraught, staggering through traffic with two friends at her side.

“This country is cursed,” a young man passing by muttered.

The blast came at a time when Lebanon’s economy is facing collapse from the financial crisis and the coronavirus restrictions. Many have lost jobs, while the worth of their savings has evaporated as the currency has plunged in value against the dollar. The result has thrown many into poverty.

It also occurred amid rising tensions between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group along Lebanon’s southern border.

The explosion was reminiscent of massive blasts during Lebanon’s civil war and took place only three days before a U.N.-backed tribunal was set to give its verdict in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a truck bombing more than 15 years ago. That explosion, with a ton of explosives, was felt miles away, just like Tuesday’s explosion.

Several of Beirut’s hospitals were damaged in the blast. Roum Hospital put out a call for people to bring it spare generators to keep its electricity going as it evacuated patients because of heavy damage.

Outside the St. George University Hospital in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood, people with various injuries arrived in ambulances, in cars and on foot. The explosion had caused major damage inside the building and knocked out the electricity at the hospital. Dozens of injured were being treated on the spot on the street outside, on stretchers and wheelchairs.

“This is a catastrophe we have on our hands,” said one doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make press statements.


70 Comments on "Massive Beirut blast kills more than 60, injures thousands"

  1. Richard Guenette on Wed, 5th Aug 2020 4:37 pm 

    People should donate blood to help treat the survivors of the terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon.

  2. Richard Guenette on Wed, 5th Aug 2020 4:38 pm 

    Set up makeshift hospitals, use First Aid and CPR to those gravely injured.

  3. Richard Guenette on Wed, 5th Aug 2020 4:42 pm 

    The survivors need potassium iodine tablets to shield them from radiation.

  4. Richard Guenette on Wed, 5th Aug 2020 4:55 pm

  5. makati1 on Wed, 5th Aug 2020 6:23 pm 

    For your lock-down/house-arrest education:

    “P Is for Predator State: The Building Blocks of Tyranny from A to Z – Global Research”


  6. Davy on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 5:32 pm 

    “New footage, including sound of planes”

    photo shop Tabloid cloggo! LOL. Footage clearly shows a fire not missiles where the nitrates were stored.

  7. REAL Green on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 7:06 pm 

    “New footage, including sound of planes”

    Looks like Trump was write cloggo!

    Go Trump!

  8. zero juan on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 7:09 pm 

    The Lunatic is REAL upset and that is how I like it. Lunatic, welcome to hell!

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  9. the board on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 7:11 pm 

    juanita PPee, on a scale of 1-10 how is your depression today? LMFAO

  10. the dumbass on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 8:49 pm 

    davee davPeebrain, on a scale of 1-10 how are your delusions today? LMFAO

  11. More lunacy from the upset low IQ brain dead Davy the bored mentally ill narcissistic stupid fuck on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 9:00 pm 

    zero juan on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 7:09 pm

    the board on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 7:11 pm

  12. REAL Green on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 10:25 pm 

    It’s all yer falt juanPPeePPee!!!

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  13. The Board on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 10:41 pm 

    JuanP has posted less than twenty comments here in over a year RG. Davy needs to see a doctor. This is not a self help forum.

  14. bochen777 on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 11:36 pm 

    The rest of this year is gonna be interesting for the USA:

    1) Trump is not going to leave office willingly, likely run up to Nov might explode into civil war 2
    2) US dollar may crash to zero (see above/below)
    3) COVID will skyrocket once school starts and when fall/winter comes around
    4) The true effects of this second great economic depression hasn’t even been felt yet, right now its being masked by all the UI benefits, eviction freezes, stimulus, and Fed directly pumping up stocks and QE unbounded…
    5) US may attack China this year in around October, if so, expect Walmart and Amazon to get wiped out in terms of empty inventory and martial law to keep the peiece within the US homeland , mass rioting that makes Floyd look like walk in a picnic

  15. makati1 on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 11:39 pm 

    The rest of the 20s is going to be very interesting for all, but mostly for the West and, especially, for Amerika. The slide is only gaining speed. Cliff just ahead! Adjust and prep now!

  16. makati1 on Fri, 7th Aug 2020 11:42 pm 

    BTW: there will be no war with China. Maybe a short exchange, where a carrier fleet is sunk in the S.C.S. but the elite know that a war with China ends the West. But then…Maybe that is the goal? We shall see.

  17. Chill Pill on Sat, 8th Aug 2020 12:19 am 

    REAL Green Hypocrite aka DavyTurd Blossom:

    Take a chill pill, bro.

    You get triggered so easily.

    Hormones raging?

  18. REAL Green on Sat, 8th Aug 2020 2:36 am 

    we bin on estrogen chill pill. But it hasn’t ben helping alot. and are vaginas been real crusty lately. Were hoping apeman rips us a new one when he gets back from back on broad band agin. we miss apeman lots.

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