The Lebanese Prime Minister is set to resign following the political fallout after the Beirut Explosion.
Minister Hamad Hassan also confirmed that the entire government have resigned after calls for them to stand down by protesters.
Sadly, and as I’m sure you are all now aware, the warehouse exploded with such force that it shattered windows 10km away and could be heard in Cyrpus, 250km away.
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President Michel Aoun said the blast was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate – used in fertilisers and as an explosive – which were being stored in the warehouse.
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The president ordered those in charge of guarding the ammonium nitrate to be placed under house arrest, adding that those responsible will face the consequences.
Lebanon is currently in a state of emergency and powers have been handed over to the military as the explosion is investigated.
At the time of writing the death toll is over 200, with another 5,000 injured.
Our thoughts continue to go out to those affected by this horrific tragedy, and to the families of those brave firefighters who sacrificed themselves to try and save countless lives.