“Beirut as we know it is gone and people won’t be able to rebuild their lives,” said Amy, one of the city’s residents to the AP news agency as she helps to remove broken glass from the street. The number of casualties from the explosion has passed 145 and is, horrifically, expected to rise — there are many more trapped in the rubble. More than 5,000 residents were injured in the explosion and the homes of around 300,000 residents have been damaged or destroyed.
The huge explosion that occurred yesterday evening in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in the heart of the commercial port, has shocked many people the world over. It resulted in a large number of victims. Extensive solidarity was displayed on social media from various parts of the world, especially after photos and figures published by the media outlined the scale of the devastation, the hundreds of victims, the thousands of wounded and the immense material damages, including the total collapse of many housing, administrative and commercial buildings. Over 300,000 people have been made homeless by the blast.
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Workers’ unity against big business shows potential for anti-sectarian, socialist alternative Since 19 February, the public sector and schools in Lebanon have been on indefinite strike. The independent unions have been leading daily demonstrations and there is unprecedented workers’ solidarity. In a period of sharp sectarian divisions and serious security […]