Lebanese authorities claimed that an unguarded 2,750-ton ammonium nitrate shipment was the cause of the explosion.
Cairo, Aug 4 (EFE) .- A great explosion by combustion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate en the port of Beirut has ravaged the capital libanesa leaving dozens dead and thousands wounded at a time when the country is experiencing one of its worst economic crises since the end of its civil war in 1990.
In the mid-afternoon of this Tuesday, an explosion of great proportions in the beirut harbor has caused at least 63 deaths and 3 thousand injuries, informed Eph a spokesman for the Ministry of Health who requested anonymity, with hospitals in the capital collapsed by the injured.
The Lebanese Prime Minister, Hasan Diab, revealed in a meeting with the President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, that an unguarded shipment of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate was the cause of the explosion.
The result of the explosion was devastating.
Eyewitnesses have pointed to Eph that there was glass breakage in homes more than five kilometers from the explosion and that the buildings suffered damage of various kinds within a radius of more than two kilometers, seriously affecting the central neighborhoods of the Mediterranean capital.
Images released on social media at the time of the explosion show a large mushroom cloud rising from the sky and a strong blast wave causing extensive material damage.
Even some members of the United Nations Peace Force in Lebanon (FINUL) were seriously injured by the incident, which affected one of their ships docked at the dock, the mission reported, although the Spanish who are part have not suffered injuries. , they indicated to Eph sources close to UNIFIL.
Among the deceased is Nazar Najarian, secretary general of the Kataeb party (Lebanese phalanx) who succumbed to injuries from the explosion, the party confirmed.
Diab promised in a brief televised speech that those responsible for the great explosion will “pay the price”, since “this catastrophe will not pass without responsibilities.”
The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, stated that the mission of the crisis cell created after the explosion is “to face the repercussions of the disaster and coordinate closely” with the authorities.
BEIRUT, CATASTROPHIC AREA
The Supreme Defense Council has declared Beirut a “catastrophic zone” as well as a state of emergency for two weeks after an urgent meeting with the country’s leaders.
Aoun stated at the beginning of the meeting that a “great catastrophe” has occurred in Lebanon, where he appealed to the “need to investigate what happened and determine those responsible, especially after security reports indicated that there was explosive and flammable material” in port.
According to the Head of State, Diab promised that he will not rest until he finds the person responsible and “apply the maximum punishment because it is not acceptable that a charge of ammonium nitrate weighing 2,750 tons has been in a warehouse for six years without taking the measures preventive, exposing the safety of citizens. ”
For its part, the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah expressed in a statement that “the unprecedented destruction and serious consequences at the human, health, social and economic level require that all Lebanese and all political forces and actors unite, unite and work to overcome the effects of this cruel misfortune ”.
Several Arab countries showed their solidarity with the people and the Lebanese Government, and Qatar, Kuwait and Egypt offered the help that the country of cedars, which is going through its worst crisis since the end of the civil war (1975-), needs at the moment. 1990).
For its part, the Arab League stressed in a statement the importance of investigating what happened and clarifying the truth, so that these events do not “exacerbate” the crisis that the country is already going through, according to a statement from the Cairo-based body.
This event, one of the worst in the country’s history, comes a few days after the final verdict of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (TEL), in charge of judging the car bomb attack that ended in 2005, is known this week. life of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the last major attack of which Beirut had been the scene.
That international court charges the murder of several members of Hezbollah, who are being tried in absentia.
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