More than 25 people have lost their lives and over 2,500 more were wounded on Tuesday after massive explosions hit the Lebanese capital Beirut, the health ministry has said.
Minister Hamad Hassan, quoted by the local LBC television channel, said the figures were preliminary estimates and described the tragedy as “a disaster in every sense of the word.”Hello
Firass Abiad, CEO of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital had said earlier that “most have glass injury, some deep”.
Emergency services have issued an urgent appeal for blood donations to deal with the influx of patients.
The explosion took place at the port shortly before 19:00 local time (18:00 CET) with a large cloud of smoke billowing over the city. Eyewitnesses reported significant damage.