A major explosion in the Beirut port has caused more than 70 deaths and at least 3,000 people were injured, authorities said.
Beirut: 2,750 tons of ammonium detonated the disaster. They were there without care, government accepts
Mexico City, August 4 (EFE / AP / SinEmbargo) .– Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico, regretted tonight the tragedy caused in Lebanon by the explosion of large proportions in the Beirut port.
“The situation in Beirut, Lebanon is regrettable and sad. Our condolences to the relatives of the victims and to all that sister nation, “wrote the Mexican president on social networks.
A large explosion due to the combustion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut has devastated the Lebanese capital, leaving dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries at a time when the country is experiencing one of its worst economic crises since the end of his civil war in 1990.
By mid-afternoon on Tuesday, a major explosion in the port of Beirut has caused more than 70 deaths and at least 3,000 people were injured, authorities said, adding that bodies are buried under the rubble.
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.
The Governor of Beirut summarizes the tragedy by explosion: it is “a national disaster similar to Hiroshima”
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.”
–With information from EFE and AP.
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