Beirut Explosion


On August 4th, Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, suffered from a massive explosion killing more than 200 people and injuring thousands.

The tragedy started from a fire at the Port of Beirut, quickly after the roof of a warehouse was caught on fire. This then triggered an explosion which then followed with,  what people are saying, were fireworks. A few seconds later the deadly explosion was sent in the air that effected thousands of lives.

The blast destroyed the dockside area, creating a 460 feet wide crater. The shock wave of the explosion blew out windows at Beirut International Airport, almost 5 miles away from the port.

Many were left angry and blamed Lebanon’s leaders for their negligence. The President and Prime minister have both came out and said that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored for six years without safety measures and that was the cause of the explosion.

Anti-government protests were formed and some stormed ministry buildings and had altercations with the police.

On Monday, August 10, Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that his government was taking ¨a step back to stand with the people, in order to wage the battle of change with them.¨