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World leaders from around the world including Sheikh Mohammed sent a message of solidarity to Lebanon after the deadly blasts in Downtown Beirut that claimed 78 lives and 4,000+ injuries.
Fatal blasts in Beirut
78 people died and more than 4,000 sustained injuries as Beirut suffered its worst calamity in its recent past, in the aftermath of massive twin explosions erupting from a warehouse that contained fireworks in Downtown Beirut. Thick plumes of smoke filled the city’s sky after the first explosion during the daytime, following another blast that shook the city devastating buildings, roads, shops and most of Downtown’s infrastructure.
Beirut blasts felt in Cyprus
It’s estimated that Beirut’s blasts were equivalent to a 4.5 magnitude-earthquake on the Richter scale. So much so, people 240 kilometres (150 miles) away in the island of Cyprus could feel the tremors too.
Warehouse contained seized bombs
A senior-ranked official from Lebanon’s Defence Council claims the warehouse was home to a collection of bombs that contained 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a chemical responsible for numerous fatal explosions in history.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab says the people responsible for the warehouse will be held accountable for the destruction and will be imposed with “the most serious punishments.”
“I promise you that this catastrophe will not pass without accountability. Those responsible will pay the price. Facts about this dangerous warehouse that has been there since 2014 will be announced and I will not preempt the investigations”.Lebanon Prime Minister Hassan Diab