On Saturday, August 8, tens of thousands of Lebanese gathered in the center of Beirut, in Al-Shahada Square, accusing the authorities that their negligence led to an explosion in the Beirut port. The audience is also chanting: “Hezbollah” – terrorists! ”
Israeli blogger “Abu Ali”, specializing in the Middle East, notes that the organizers of the action erected a gallows, hinting that the perpetrators should be punished. During the action, dolls depicting Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanese President Michel Aoun were hung on the gallows.
In addition, in recent days, drawings of the gallows, symbolizing the call to punish those responsible for the disaster, have appeared in large numbers on the streets of Beirut.
Several groups of protesters attempted to break through to government buildings, but police blocked their way, firing rubber bullets and spraying tear gas. BBC… Protesters broke into the building of the Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs located in the Ashrafiyah district. The posters of those who broke into the Foreign Ministry read “Beirut – a demilitarized city” and “Capital of the revolution.”
The Lebanese Red Cross has reported more than 230 casualties in clashes with police. According to the latest reports, security forces opened fire on protesters in the area of the parliament building.
A police officer was killed in clashes with protesters.
According to media reports, protesters are storming the buildings of the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Environment.
The day before, the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, spoke on the Al-Manar TV channel, stating that the organization he heads was not involved in the explosion in the port. The Lebanese government has also reached out to the population, promising to find and punish those responsible for the disaster. However, according to experts, the Lebanese have lost confidence in the authorities and their statements.
As of 8 August, the number of victims of the explosion in the port of Beirut has increased to 158; according to the latest data, more than 6,000 people were injured, 20 people are considered missing. Their search will continue without interruption for the next 24 hours.
On August 4, at about 18:00, a powerful explosion thundered in the port of Beirut. According to the Lebanese government, about 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate (ammonium nitrate) exploded, which were stored in a warehouse in the port for six years after the seizure on the Rhosus ship (according to documents, it went from Georgia to Mozambique under the flag of Moldova, belonged to a Russian citizen, the crew was Russian -Ukrainian). According to the preliminary investigation, the explosion was the result of long-term storage of ammonium nitrate in improper conditions; the immediate cause of the explosion was the ignition of fireworks stored nearby, which ignited from sparks while welding the metal hangar door. Investigation has begun, suspects have been detained. But it is obvious that a lot of people are guilty of what happened, both who made decisions on dangerous goods and who did not make any decisions on this issue, although they had the authority to do so. At this stage of the investigation, the Lebanese authorities reject the version of someone’s malicious actions. Even Hezbollah said Israel was not involved in the explosion.
As a result of the explosion, a funnel with a radius of about 70 meters was formed at the site of the 12th hangar. Dozens of other hangars have been destroyed. The ship, which was located near the 12th hangar, was destroyed. Another ship capsized. Two more cargo ships were damaged. Enormous damage was caused to buildings, infrastructure and vehicles within a radius of about 2 km from the epicenter of the explosion. About 250 thousand people lost their homes, as their homes were completely or partially destroyed. Among other things, the stock of wheat stored in the port was destroyed.
According to preliminary estimates of the Lebanese authorities, the damage from the powerful explosion in the port of Beirut, which thundered on August 4, amounts to up to $ 15 billion, which could have catastrophic consequences for the economy of the country, which is going through a severe crisis.
The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) reported the arrest of 16 people as part of an investigation into an explosion in the port of Beirut. A spokesman for the military court, Fadi Akiki, told reporters that all the detainees were working at the port. Among them are employees of the port administration and customs administration, workers who made repairs in the hangar, as well as those who were responsible for storing explosives in it. Port director Hasan Kritam is among the detainees. In addition, 18 people were interrogated who may have been involved in the disaster.