Images have surfaced showing the widespread destruction caused by the massive blast in Beirut’s port to the neighborhoods of Mar Mikhael and Gemmayze, home to many of the city’s restaurants and bars popular with both tourists and residents.
The blast at warehouses storing the highly explosive ammonium nitrate in Beirut’s port killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000, shattering buildings across the city in damage estimated to be up to $3-5 billion dollars.
Watch: Four nurses died and 200 patients, visitors, and staff were injured at the Saint-George Hospital, after the #Beirut port explosion which shook the Lebanese capital. https://t.co/H9hmWZt5Zd pic.twitter.com/Bl7aSVJYWk— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 5, 2020
Videos and images showed collapsed buildings and debris-strung streets in Downtown Beirut, which has been renovated and rebuilt since the 1990s after the Lebanese Civil War, and the adjacent neighborhood of Gemmayze, known for its cobbled street and relaxed café scene.
One image showed a car crushed by rubble in Gemmayze. The vehicle was reportedly a video production car.
Another photograph showed a popular local bakery, or fern, known for selling manoushe – a cooked dough topped with zaatar, cheese, or meat. The shop’s façade has been blown off as a woman stands outside.
One twitter user posted a comparison of Gemmayze before and after the blast.
i took the picture to the left in Gemmayze, Beirut Lebanon THIS MORNING— moh (@selenATEors) August 4, 2020
the city has fallen to pieces within hours and it is beyond me pic.twitter.com/OkOzTy7XHy
Nadim El Kak, a researcher at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), captured a man in a colorful house with the front wall blown off.
Just walked from Gemmayze to Mar Mikhael then along the Beirut Port on the Charles Helou highway. The scenes are just shocking. Here are some pictures I took along the way:— Nadim El Kak | نديم القاق (@NadimElkak) August 5, 2020
If you zoom in on this pic, you can see a man raising a liquor bottle when he saw me taking the shot. pic.twitter.com/rqc0ZCTiuY
Another photo showed a high-rise building with its front completely shattered.
According to reports, the blast was felt as far away as Cyprus, around 150 miles away from Beirut. The city’s governor estimated on Wednesday that between 250,000 and 300,000 are now homeless.
Many people are still missing from the blast, which observers fear could push the already struggling Lebanese economy into meltdown.
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