More than 100 people died and around 4,000 were injured in the explosions recorded in Beirut’s port area on Tuesday afternoon, the Lebanese general secretary of the Red Cross, George Kettneh, told the data protection agency on Wednesday.
In addition, the head of the country’s humanitarian organization has warned that the death toll could continue to rise. The Lebanese authorities have said that emergency services are still looking for around a hundred missing people.
The videos distributed on social networks show an explosion and a large column of smoke in front of a second, stronger deflagration, which has caused enormous material damage in the area and can be heard in Tire and Sidon.
Prime Minister Hasan Diab has ordered Wednesday as the national day of mourning to honor the victims and has asked for international help in what he describes as a “catastrophe”.