Prime Minister Hassan Diab, in a brief televised speech, has appealed to all nations and pals of Lebanon to increase help to the small nation, saying “We are witnessing a real catastrophe.” He reiterated his pledge that these accountable for the large explosion at Beirut’s port can pay the worth, with out commenting on the trigger.
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Mr. Diab’s speech got here the morning after the blast killed a minimum of 100 individuals and wounded 1000’s.
Smoke was nonetheless rising from the port August 5 morning. Major downtown streets have been affected by particles and broken automobiles, and constructing facades have been blown out.
Lebanese Red Cross official George Kettaneh stated a minimum of 100 individuals have been killed and greater than 4,000 have been wounded, and stated the toll may rise additional.