Secretary-General of Kataeb Party succumbs to wounds after Beirut explosions
The secretary-general of Lebanon's Kataeb Party died Tuesday after succumbing to wounds suffered during the explosions that rocked Downtown Beirut, a party spokesperson confirmed to Al Arabiya English.
Kataeb's Secretary-General Nazar Najarian was at the party's headquarters in Beirut at the time of the blast.
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At least 70 people were killed Tuesday and more than 3,000 wounded in multiple explosions that rocked Downtown Beirut, Lebanon's health minister said. US President Donald Trump said he had reason to believe that the blasts were an attack.
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Watch: Video shows the moment a father attempts to shield his son inside their home during the #Beirut explosions.#Lebanonhttps://t.co/IB8kyus4cq pic.twitter.com/asJL9SptTQ— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 4, 2020
Buildings several kilometers away suffered material damage, the explosions were heard over 20 kilometers away from Beirut and residents in Cyprus said they felt the blasts.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosions, which resulted in a giant mushroom cloud above the country. But Prime Minister Hassan Diab said that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were stored in the warehouse that exploded in the Port of Beirut.
Lebanese MP Marwan Hamadeh resigns from parliament during a live interview on Al Arabiya, saying that he no longer felt honored to be part of an “ineffective government” following the deadly explosions that erupted in the port of #Beirut.#Lebanonhttps://t.co/s1YVnW8LxP pic.twitter.com/mHuZbFMe5h— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 5, 2020
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