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Lebanon: Beirut blast survivors describe harrowing ordeal from hospital02:45

Lebanon: Beirut blast survivors describe harrowing ordeal from hospital

Lebanon, Beirut
August 5, 2020 at 17:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

After Tuesday's explosions at the Beirut port caused chaos and destruction, survivors at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital and at the AUB [American University of Beirut] Medical Center shared their ordeals.

As wrecks of buildings and shattered windows were being cleaned up and flags were flown at half-mast in the city, the scenes at the hospitals were of fear and panic.

"During the July war [the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War], a building would get destroyed, but not all of Beirut fell to the ground," said an injured local.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

"The second explosion occurred and the last thing I saw was dust and glass entering our bodies and pardon me, but I saw the remains of people on the ground and people screaming and children crying," stated a survivor from a hospital bed.

A two-week state of emergency has been enacted by the Lebanese government while the country's health minister has reportedly said that over 135 people have been killed, with around 5,000 injured.

Both figures are set to rise as the search for survivors continues amid the rubble.

Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosion are expected to be released in the next five days.

Lebanon: Beirut blast survivors describe harrowing ordeal from hospital02:45
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After Tuesday's explosions at the Beirut port caused chaos and destruction, survivors at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital and at the AUB [American University of Beirut] Medical Center shared their ordeals.

As wrecks of buildings and shattered windows were being cleaned up and flags were flown at half-mast in the city, the scenes at the hospitals were of fear and panic.

"During the July war [the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War], a building would get destroyed, but not all of Beirut fell to the ground," said an injured local.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

"The second explosion occurred and the last thing I saw was dust and glass entering our bodies and pardon me, but I saw the remains of people on the ground and people screaming and children crying," stated a survivor from a hospital bed.

A two-week state of emergency has been enacted by the Lebanese government while the country's health minister has reportedly said that over 135 people have been killed, with around 5,000 injured.

Both figures are set to rise as the search for survivors continues amid the rubble.

Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosion are expected to be released in the next five days.

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