Explosion in Beirut: Number of injured reached 6,000

Source : 112 Ukraine

The explosion took lives of at least 158 people
17:28, 9 August 2020

REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

The number of injured as a result of the explosion, which occurred on August 4 in the port of Beirut, increased to 6,000. Interfax reports this with reference to the Lebanese Ministry of Health.

At least 158 ​​people died as a result of the explosion, and about another 60 are considered missing.

On the evening of August 4, a video of the explosion that thundered in Beirut, the capital and largest city of Lebanon, began to appear on social media. According to the authorities, the blast was due to the ignition of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. The surroundings of the scene were ruined.

In addition, the explosion destroyed almost half of the city. And the blast wave reached the island of Cyprus, which is located approximately 250 km from the scene.

It also became known today that authorities in Beirut have detained 16 port employees while investigating the possible causes of the explosion.

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Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, under pressure from protesters, agreed to hold early elections in the country, Al Arabiya reported.

The head of the Lebanese government confirmed his intention to submit a bill on early elections to the Council of Ministers. He agreed that Lebanon is in a state of emergency, and it is impossible to get out of the current crisis, except through early parliamentary elections.

Diab noted that the Beirut port disaster was the result of corruption and mismanagement. The prime minister promised that he would be in charge of the government for two months until political parties reach an agreement on elections.

Demonstrations erupted in the center of the Lebanese capital amid intensive military and security deployments and the disaster in the explosion in Beirut, which killed more than 158 people, demanding the resignation of President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

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