At least 137 people were killed and around 5,000 were injured in the explosions registered in the port of Beirut on Tuesday afternoon. This emerges from the balance sheet that Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hasan updated this Thursday.
Rescue operations have continued to locate dozens of people missing two days after the incident. Lebanese Red Cross volunteers, who have been consulted by the DPA, believe the number of people killed will increase as the removal of rubble proceeds very slowly.
A soldier, who also quotes the German news agency, said they only removed some debris. “We fear that some of the damaged buildings will fall and ask people to move away,” said a civil protection officer.
However, many people are reluctant to leave the place where they believe their loved ones could be. “I’ll wait here, I won’t go. My brother worked in the port and we haven’t heard from him since the explosions,” a woman identified as Fatima told the DPA.