- Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab promises that the people responsible for the incident will “pay the price.”
- His statement followed after a massive explosion shook Beirut on Tuesday evening, consequently killing about a hundred people and injuring thousands.
- Reports say 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the port area of the Lebanese capital.
- The Prime Minister also urgently called on other nations for help.
Hassan Diab, Lebanon’s Prime Minister, gave a televised statement in the aftermath of the explosion that rocked Beirut on Tuesday.
The official said that the Lebanese capital “is mourning” and that the entire nation is facing a “catastrophe.” Furthermore, he declared that the incident “will not pass without accountability,” and that “those responsible will pay the price.”
“This is a promise to the martyrs and wounded people. This is a national commitment,” said the Prime Minister.
On Tuesday, a devastating explosion happened in Beirut, leaving at least 100 people dead, more than 4,000 injured, and many still missing. The tragedy caused approximately $5 billion worth of damages in its wake.
Officials said that the explosion originated from the city’s port area. Apparently, a warehouse there stored 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in fertilizer and bombs. It had been kept there since 2014 until it detonated on Tuesday night. Prime Minister Diab pointed out that they would soon share the details about the warehouse to the public.
It is yet uncertain if the incident was a deliberate attack. Reports say there has been an ongoing protest against the government over corruption and economic crisis. However, the official believes that the explosion may have resulted from neglect.
In light of this devastating incident, Prime Minister Diab called on other nations for aid – and several leaders immediately responded.
“The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected,” tweeted UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote, “We are monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this horrible tragedy.”
France, Israel, and Iran are also sending their help and resources to Lebanon.
Meanwhile, Lebanese President Michel Aoun recommends a two-week state of emergency. He also summoned for an emergency meeting of Lebanon’s Supreme Defence Council.
Watch Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s televised address here:
Remains of Young Boy Found Inside the Stomach of 14-Foot-Crocodile in Malaysia
Body parts and pieces of his clothing were found in the reptile’s stomach.
- A 14-foot long saltwater crocodile attacked a young boy last July 26.
- The boy was looking for snails near a river in Rumah Dadat, Tanjung Manis, Malaysia.
- The search and rescue team captured the reptile on the 31st of July.
- They found pieces of clothing and human remains inside the crocodile when they cut its stomach open.
17-Year-Old Identified As Mastermind Behind Massive Twitter Attack That Hacked Accounts of Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Barack Obama
The hackers earned $100,000 in Bitcoin in a single day.
- The scheme was created to steal the identities of famous Twitter users and use their accounts to direct others to send Bitcoin accounts identified with the hackers.
- They earned $100,000 in Bitcoin in a single day.
- The investigation involved the IRS, the FBI, and even the Secret Service.
Thousands March in Berlin to Protest Germany’s COVID-19 Restrictions
They also refuse to wear face masks.
- Thousands of unmasked groups marched to Brandenburg Gate to protest against the COVID-19 restrictions.
- They called it the "Day of Freedom" to signify freedom from the restrictive policies enforced by the Berlin police to contain the virus.
- The police warned the protesters that their "irresponsible" demonstrations could lead to prosecution.
- Politicians, on the other hand, are alarmed because of the rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases.
World’s First Happiness Museum Opens in Denmark
Why Nevada’s U.S. Route 50 Is Called “The Loneliest Road In America”
Simple and Easy: How to Make a Self-Watering Planter
Stranded American Backpacker Adopted by Family in a Remote Village