Beirut Bombing — News Updates August 6, 2020

Daily Mail: Beirut counts the human cost: 300,000 people are left homeless with 50% of buildings damaged as death toll from fertilizer explosion nears 150 with thousands more injured

* Satellite images have revealed the true extent of the damage to Beirut’s harbour after massive explosion
* Warehouse where blast happened is completely gone while surrounding buildings have been flattened
* At least 135 people died in the explosion with more expected, while 5,000 are wounded and tens missing
* Barely a building left untouched by blast the size of a small nuke, thought to have been sparked by a welder

Beirut has been brought to its knees by the devastating explosion which damaged half of the city’s buildings and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

At least 135 were killed and 5,000 wounded on Tuesday following the blast at the port where 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded.

The international community has rallied to send aid to the country already on the brink of economic ruin – but citizens are fearful Lebanon will never recover.

‘This explosion seals the collapse of Lebanon. I really blame the ruling class,’ said Hassan Zaiter, 32, a manager at the heavily damaged Le Gray Hotel in downtown Beirut.

The economic cost of the damage is thought to be around $5billion, added to the more-pressing human cost includes 300,000 people left homeless along with hospitals struggling to cope.


Beirut Bombing — News Updates August 6, 2020

LIVE: Protests as Lebanon detains 16 over Beirut explosion — Al Jazeera
Sixteen Port of Beirut employees are arrested over cause of devastating explosion as tragic photo shows the moment firefighters tried to enter Warehouse 12 before store of ammonium nitrate ignited killing at least 145 people — Daily Mail
Beirut explosion: Lebanese authorities detain workers, freeze assets — DW
Beirut port manager among 16 held in blast probe, judicial source says — ABC News Online
German diplomat confirmed killed in Beirut explosion — DW
Victims of Beirut’s explosion begin sifting through the rubble as hundreds of thousands face homelessness — ABC News Online
Beirut blast pushes economy to edge as many remain missing — Al Jazeera
‘Lebanon was a heaven, they made it hell’: Anger mounts in Beirut as activists vow anti-government protests after blast which killed at least 137 and wounded 5,000 as clean-up job is left to volunteers — Daily Mail
‘Beirut is destroyed, my heart is broken’: Locals in despair over Lebanon blast — France 24
Lebanese rally to assist those affected by Beirut explosion — Al Jazeera
In pictures: Lebanon’s capital in ruins after Beirut port explosion — France 24
Beirut explosion aftermath revealed in satellite and drone images, officials estimate up to $20 billion in damages — ABC News Online

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