Beirut is a “disaster city”, announced Tuesday the Superior Council of Defense of Lebanon, after the deadly explosions which rocked the port of the capital and caused damage of an unprecedented scale in all the districts of the city.
The Council, which notably brings together the President, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, “recommends” to the government to declare a state of emergency, according to the national news agency ANI. “A major disaster has befallen Lebanon,” lamented President Michel Aoun at the opening of the meeting.
The powerful explosions that rocked the port of Beirut on Tuesday left 73 dead and 3,700 injured, including members of the diplomatic corps, according to a new assessment provided to AFP by an official from the Ministry of Health.
This assessment is however provisional, according to the director general of the ministry, Fadi Sanan. Earlier the Minister of Health, Hamad Hassan, had assured that the hospitals of the capital were saturated by the influx of wounded.
Among the injured are members of European diplomatic corps, including Belgian, Dutch and German embassies. The UN in Lebanon also claimed that peacekeepers were seriously injured aboard a ship damaged by the blasts.