(KDRTV)-At least 27 individuals have been confirmed dead and about 2, 500 have been wounded after a huge explosion in Beirut in Lebanon.
The Lebanese government are yet to establish the cause of the massive explosion in Beirut
However, director of Security General, Major General Abbas Ibrahim told Lebanese media that the most likely cause of the blast was a depot at the port where highly explosive materials had been stored after being confiscated
The director of security has also been quoted saying that nitrate was the cause of the explosion
At the same time, Major General Abbas Ibrahim refuted reports that Isreal was responsible for the blast and an Israeli minister spoke to Reuters and said that the country had nothing to do with the blast, however, he said that explosion could be due to fire incident
So far, KDRTV understands that hospitals in Lebanon are overwhelmed and some of them are turning away injured people
The Lebanon authorities thus called upon medics to volunteer at the “nearest place you can get to”
Lebanon Prime Minister has announced that tomorrow will be a national mourning day.
Various countries have pledged to support Lebanon during these hard times and they include Iran, France, Cyprus, and the EU.
.@WHO is deeply concerned about the impact of the massive explosion in #Beirut city. We are working with partners to respond to urgent needs. Our thoughts are with all those affected. pic.twitter.com/UwEJGCpRJR
— WHO EMRO (@WHOEMRO) August 4, 2020
SHORT VIDEO OF THE EXPLOSION
We felt this in Cyprus. Unbelievable https://t.co/6ro4bnUbNc
— Emilia Papadopoulos (@emiliapaps) August 4, 2020
The explosion was massive such that it could be felt 240 km away; Cyprus which is located 240 km away from the scene reported to have felt the explosion.
According to Reuters News Agency, a resident in capital Nicosia, Cyprus said that his house shook