Lebanon’s president said on Wednesday that an investigation into a powerful blast that rocked Beirut would reveal the circumstances of what happened as soon as possible, and that the results would be revealed transparently.
In a televised speech at the start of a cabinet meeting, Michel Aoun also appealed to other nations to speed up assistance to Lebanon, which was already grappling with an economic meltdown.
For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app
“We have compiled a list of aid and sent it to several countries,” Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan said. “We need everything to hospitalize the victims, and there is a acute shortage of everything.”
A huge blast at Beirut port that devastated entire neighborhoods of the city has killed more than 100 people and injured over 4,000, the Lebanese Red Cross said Wednesday.
President Michel Aoun said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilizers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures, and he said that was “unacceptable.”
Officials did not say what caused the blaze that set off the blast. A security source and local media said it was started by welding work being carried out on a hole in the warehouse.
The blast revived memories of a 1975-90 civil war and its aftermath, when Lebanese endured heavy shelling, car bombings and Israeli air raids. Some residents thought an earthquake had struck.
International troops among injured in Beirut blasts that shook LebanonInternational troops serving in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon are among those injured by the massive explosion that hit Beirut’s port on ... Middle East
Pope Francis calls for international prayer for Lebanon, victims of blastPope Francis called for the international community to pray for Lebanon and the victims of the powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital ... World News
France sends rescuers, sanitary supplies to Lebanon after Beirut blastsFrance will send two military planes to Lebanon Wednesday with search and rescue experts, 15 tonnes of sanitary equipment and a mobile clinic equipped ... Middle East
Beirut grain silo destroyed, Lebanon's needs covered for less than a month: MinisterThe grain silo at Beirut’s port was destroyed in Tuesday’s blast that rocked the capital city, Lebanon’s minister of economy told Reuters on Wednesday ... Middle East