Massive explosions in Beirut leave dozens dead, over 3,000 wounded

Then, he said, he was thrown off his feet by the huge blast. George University Hospital in Beirut’s Achrafieh neighborhood, people with various injuries arrived in ambulances, in cars and on foot. Orange clouds of toxic nitrogen dioxide gas often accompany an explosion involving nitrates. Wounded people walk near the site of an explosion at the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images

“It was a real horror show. citizens were affected.”

The blast was stunning even for a city that has seen civil war, suicide bombings and bombardment by Israel. Local television channel LBC said the material was sodium nitrate. On another street, a woman with a bloodied face looked distraught, staggering through traffic with two friends at her side.”This country is cursed,” a young man passing by muttered.The blast came at a time when Lebanon’s economy is facing collapse from the financial crisis and the coronavirus restrictions. Charbel Haj, who works at the port, said it started as small explosions like firecrackers. chief say virus causing education “generational catastrophe”

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An Israeli government official said Israel “had nothing to do” with the blast. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

The cause of the blast, which sparked fires, overturned cars and blew out windows and doors, was not immediately known.Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, said it might have been caused by highly explosive material that was confiscated from a ship some time ago and stored at the port. More than 60 people were killed and more than 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said. Emergency teams streamed in from across Lebanon to help, and the injured had to be taken to hospitals outside the capital. I haven’t seen anything like that since the days of the (civil) war,” said Marwan Ramadan, who was about 500 yards from the port and was knocked off his feet by the force of the explosion.Health Minister Hassan Hamad said the preliminary toll was more than 60 dead and more than 3,000 wounded. Local TV stations reported that a fireworks warehouse was involved.The fire then appeared to catch at a nearby building, triggering a more massive explosion, sending up a mushroom cloud and a shock wave. JANINE HAIDAR/AFP via Getty

Some of those injured lay on the ground at the port, Associated Press staff at the scene said. It could be heard and felt as far away as Cyprus, more than 180 miles across the Mediterranean. A soldier at the port, who asked not to be named, told AFP: “It’s a catastrophe inside. Dozens of injured were being treated on the spot on the street outside, on stretchers and wheelchairs.”This is a catastrophe we have on our hands,” said one doctor, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make press statements. The explosion had caused major damage inside the building and knocked out the electricity at the hospital. First published on August 4, 2020 / 12:31 PM Motorcyclists picked their way through traffic, carrying the injured.One woman covered in blood from the waist up walked down a trashed street while talking furiously on her phone. #BeirutExplosion— Michael A.W. Hours later, ambulances still carried away the wounded as army helicopters helped battle fires raging at the port. Streets were covered with glass and bricks and lined with wrecked cars. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. Ambulances are still lifting the dead.”  

Smoke rises after an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020, in this picture obtained from a social media video. 

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The sudden devastation overwhelmed a country already struggling with both the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis: Beirut hospitals quickly filled beyond capacity, pleading for blood supplies and generators to keep their lights on. That explosion, with a ton of explosives, was felt miles away, just like Tuesday’s explosion. Ottey (@mikelatimes) August 4, 2020

The White House said President Trump had been briefed on the incident and the U.S. A civil defense official said there were still bodies inside the port, many under debris.Beirut’s governor, Marwan Abboud, broke into tears as he toured the site, saying, “Beirut is a devastated city.”Initially, video taken by residents showed a fire raging at the port, sending up a giant column of smoke, illuminated by flashes of what appear to be fireworks. Our thoughts are with them as well. Massive explosions in Beirut leave dozens dead and more than 3,000 injured

Updated on: August 4, 2020 / 4:55 PM
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Massive explosions rock Beirut

Massive explosions rock Beirut

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Two massive explosions rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. Hamad added that hospitals were barely coping and offers of aid were pouring in from Arab states and friends of Lebanon. 

Valarie Fakhoury, a British-Lebanese national, stands outside the emergency ward of a hospital in central Beirut following a huge explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. Roum Hospital put out a call for people to bring it spare generators to keep its electricity going as it evacuated patients because of heavy damage.Outside the St. The result has thrown many into poverty.It also occurred amid rising tensions between Israel and the militant Hezbollah group along Lebanon’s southern border.The explosion was reminiscent of massive blasts during Lebanon’s civil war and took place only three days before a U.N.-backed tribunal was set to give its verdict in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in a truck bombing more than 15 years ago. Israeli officials usually do not comment on “foreign reports.”Michael Ottey, an editor at the Los Angeles TImes, tweeted that the newspaper’s Middle East correspondent, Nabih Bulos, had been injured in the explosion. Reports are that at least 25 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured. Trending News

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U.N. “We are working closely with local authorities to determine if any U.S. His clothes were torn.Miles from the port, building facades were shredded, balconies were knocked down and windows shattered. Several of Beirut’s hospitals were damaged in the blast. A medic tends to the injuries of a woman outside a hospital following an explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. There are corpses on the ground. State Department released a statement saying it was “closely following” the situation. “We extend our deepest condolences to all those affected, and stand ready to offer all possible assistance,” the statement said. IBRAHIM AMRO/AFP via Getty Images

Witnesses reported seeing a strange orange-colored cloud over the site after the explosion. Many have lost jobs, while the worth of their savings has evaporated as the currency has plunged in value against the dollar. Send your prayers to Los Angeles Times Middle East Correspondent @nabihbulos, a great journalist, who was injured in the explosion in Beirut today.