Long years of corruption and mismanagement have dragged Lebanon to where it is now. The enormous blast that hit Beirut Tuesday evening was just a new horrific example of how detrimental corruption can be. More than 2,750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate exploded, leaving 154 dead, more than 5,000 injured, and some 300,000 homeless, as of Friday.
Watch: The closest footage of the devastating blasts that rocked #Beirut a day earlier has emerged, according to live video shot by two Lebanese citizens living in an apartment opposite the port where the explosions erupted.#Lebanonhttps://t.co/9zqOn4zRCR pic.twitter.com/bzMv3Z9XzR— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 5, 2020
A damaged building in Beirut's Gemmayze, Mar Mikhael neighborhoods. (Twitter, @NadimElkak)
French President Macron embracing a Lebanese woman in #Beirut caused many social media users to comment saying: "He refused to shake hands with [Lebanese President] Aoun because of coronavirus, but he hugged a woman who was sweeping the streets."https://t.co/pjj2gp0jAL pic.twitter.com/eQ46YRMcxK— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 7, 2020
Watch: Aerial footage shows wide destruction at the port of #Beirut after a huge blast devastated entire neighborhoods of the city, killed more than 100 people, and injured over 4,000.https://t.co/X7GI19hKrW pic.twitter.com/aCpXzaB1Oq— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) August 5, 2020