Lebanon’s top defense body recommends two-week state of emergency after Beirut blasts

An injured man walks at the explosion scene that hit the seaport, in Beirut Lebanon. (AP)

Lebanon's Supreme Defense Council recommends declaring Beirut a disaster-stricken city, imposing a two-week state of emergency, and tasking the military to assume security responsibility of the country, according to the body’s spokesperson.

A huge explosion in port warehouses near central Beirut killed more than 73 people, injured over 3,700 and sent shockwaves that shattered windows, smashed masonry and shook the ground across the Lebanese capital.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

Officials said they expected the death toll to rise furtherafter Tuesday's blast as emergency workers dug through rubble to
rescue people and remove the dead. It was the most powerfulexplosion in years to hit Beirut, which is already reeling froman economic crisis and a surge in coronavirus infections.

Lebanon's interior minister said initial informationindicated highly explosive material, seized years ago, that hadbeen stored at the port had blown up. Israel, which has foughtseveral wars with Lebanon, denied any role and offered help.

Read more:

Millers fear for Lebanon’s food security after Beirut explosion

Ammonium nitrate in storage facility at site of Port of Beirut explosion: Minister

Damaged Lebanon hospitals treating patients in parking lots after Beirut blasts

Lebanon’s PM vows to make officials ‘pay the price’ after Beirut explosions

SHOW MORE
Last Update: Wednesday, 05 August 2020 KSA 01:06 - GMT 22:06
Top