Shortly afterwards, the Rhosus was "abandoned by her owners after charterers and cargo concern lost interest in the cargo", according to the lawyers. Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Detailed 0.5 m satellite imagery of explosion aftermath, Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, long history of industrial disasters globally, "Beirut explosion shatters windows across Lebanese capital", "Crisis hits Lebanon's hospitals, among the best in Mideast", "Hundreds wounded as huge blast rips through Lebanon's Beirut", "What is the Port of Beirut? [159][161], The Bangladesh Navy corvette BNS Bijoy, which participated in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, was also damaged. The Port of Beirut eleven days after the disaster. [158][159] Two members of the crew were killed, and seven crew members were injured. The events leading up to the catastrophic explosion in Beirut, Lebanon that killed more than 135 and injured 5,000, began in November 2013, when the cargo ship MV Rhosus, loaded with 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, made an unplanned stop in Beirut.. Video, Tips for helping your child's mental health, Clothes sellers targeted by 'creepy' messages, Nasa's 'megarocket' engine test ends early, Bobi Wine 'fearful for life' after Uganda poll, set sail that September from Batumi, Georgia, according to a 2015 report for industry newsletter Shippingarrested.com that was written by Lebanese lawyers who represented the crew, he only learned about the presence of the ammonium nitrate in late July. The cruise ship Orient Queen, berthed nearby, suffered extensive damage and capsized overnight. [200], UNESCO played a leading role in the rescue and reconstruction of historic buildings, with Blue Shield International assessing the damage to houses, museums and libraries, and the International Council of Museums providing expertise. [22] After inspection by port state control, the Rhosus was deemed unseaworthy, and was forbidden to set sail. The Russian-owned vessel .css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link{color:#3F3F42;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{font-weight:700;border-bottom:1px solid #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:focus{border-bottom-color:currentcolor;border-bottom-width:2px;color:#B80000;}@supports (text-underline-offset:0.25em){.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited{border-bottom:none;-webkit-text-decoration:underline #BABABA;text-decoration:underline #BABABA;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:1px;text-decoration-thickness:1px;-webkit-text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-decoration-skip-ink:none;text-underline-offset:0.25em;}.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:hover,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:link:focus,.css-1xgj2ad-InlineLink:visited:focus{-webkit-text-decoration-color:currentcolor;text-decoration-color:currentcolor;-webkit-text-decoration-thickness:2px;text-decoration-thickness:2px;color:#B80000;}}set sail that September from Batumi, Georgia, heading to Beira, Mozambique. [195], Health Minister Hamad Hasan requested that international aid be sent to Lebanon;[6] a number of countries sent in food, medical supplies, field hospitals, medical workers, and rescue teams. The starling startler of Rome. Despite years of conflict, including the 2006 Lebanon War,[236] both Israel and senior Hezbollah officials ruled out Israeli involvement in the explosion, despite claims and allegations spread via social media. [170][171], Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport, the city's main airport, about 10 km (6 mi) from the site of the blast, sustained moderate damage to the terminal buildings during the explosion. Mohamed Arrachedi, the ITF network coordinator in charge of … Public Works Minister Michel Najjar, who took office at the start of this year, told Al Jazeera that he only learned about the presence of the ammonium nitrate in late July and that he spoke to Mr Koraytem about the matter on Monday. [52], Despite inefficient transmission of the shock waves into the ground,[c] the United States Geological Survey measured the event as a 3.3 local magnitude earthquake,[53][54][44] while the Jordan Seismological Observatory reported that it was equivalent to a 4.5 local magnitude earthquake. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. All of it."[40]. [216][217][218][219][220] On 8 August, Diab called for early elections, saying it would be the only way for the country to exit the crisis. The ammonium nitrate shipment that caused the cataclysmic Beirut port explosion was originally headed to the Syrian regime and was to be used for military purposes. [71], The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International said that, according to attendees of a Higher Defence Council briefing, the fire was ignited by workers welding a door at a warehouse. [127] Several countries expressed solidarity by lighting up landmarks and monuments in the colours of the Lebanese flag, including the City Hall of Tel Aviv,[241][m] whereas the Eiffel Tower in Paris went dark at midnight,[251] and the Arab League flew its flag at its headquarters in Cairo at half-mast. A general view of the area damaged by a massive explosion and a blast wave, in Beirut, Lebanon August 5, 2020. Also, former ministers of both finance and public works are due to be interrogated by a judge appointed by the Lebanon's High Judicial Council. "They should have paid the ship owner to take the ship away. [3] The morning before the explosion, the head of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, which served as the main coronavirus medical facility in Lebanon, warned that it was approaching full capacity. RHOSUS was detained after PSC inspection, which found a number of deficiencies. He had been live-streaming the fire at the warehouse on Facebook at the time. The government has ordered officials involved in storing or guarding the ammonium nitrate to be put under house arrest pending an investigation. 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City Hall Lit Up With Lebanese Flag to Show Support Over Beirut Blast", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, "In a show of solidarity, Palestine Broadcasting Corporation building in Ramallah lit with the Lebanese flag", "Sydney Opera House lights up with Lebanese cedar in solidarity with Beirut", "Lebanon's flag projected on Azadi Tower as sign of solidarity", "Parliament, City Hall Buildings in Yerevan Lit Up in Solidarity with Lebanon", "Eiffel Tower in Paris goes dark in show of solidarity with Beirut after massive explosion", "الجامعة العربية تنكس علمها حدادا على ضحايا انفجار بيروت", "Beirut explosion: Where else is ammonium nitrate being stored? [190], The Lebanese Red Cross said every available ambulance from North Lebanon, Bekaa, and South Lebanon was being dispatched to Beirut to help patients. The government has not named the source of the ammonium nitrate, but the same amount of the chemical arrived in Beirut in November 2013 on a Moldovan-flagged cargo ship, the MV Rhosus. Vessel loaded with ammonium nitrate was destined for another country, the reason she called Beirut is unclear, maybe for supplies or due to some mechanical trouble. The economy of Lebanon was in a state of crisis before the explosions, with the government having defaulted on debt, the pound plunging, and a poverty rate that had risen past 50%. [175] President Aoun rejected calls for an international probe despite demands from world leaders. Read about our approach to external linking. It was detected by the United States Geological Survey as a seismic event of magnitude 3.3, and is considered one of the most powerful artificial non-nuclear explosions in history. A cargo of 2,750 tonnes of the substance (equivalent to around 1.1 kilotons of TNT) had been stored in a warehouse without proper safety measures for the previous six years, after having been confiscated by the Lebanese authorities from the abandoned ship MV Rhosus. Grechushkin abandoned the MV Rhosus and its cargo of 2,750 tons of explosive ammonium nitrate in 2014. 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Biden plans decree blitz to dump Trump policies, Australian Open players hit out at Covid isolation, When white supremacists overthrew a US government, Fighting for the Parthenon marbles. © 2021 BBC. [212], On 9 August, the information minister of Lebanon, Manal Abdel Samad and then environment minister, Damianos Kattar resigned, the first government resignations since the explosion. Some 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate were offloaded the … [158][167] The livestock carrier Jouri and the cargo ships Mero Star and Raouf H were also close to the blast and suffered serious damage; AIS from these ships stopped broadcasting at the time of the explosion. [177][178] In addition, the general manager of the port Hassan Koraytem and the former director general of Lebanon's customs authority Shafiq Merhi were arrested. [188] In January 2021, Interpol issued Red Notices[j] against the two Russians as well as a Portuguese man. [182] On 12 August, Lebanon's caretaker Justice Minister Marie-Claude Najm commented on the investigation by saying: "Much of the criticism is warranted due to the slow pace of work and some politicisation, but this case is a chance for the Lebanese judiciary to prove they can do their jobs and win back the confidence of the people". Video, Tips for helping your child's mental health. The silos were built in the 1960s as part of an expansion plan advanced by Palestinian banker Yousef Beidas. [146] All the stained glass windows of the National Evangelical Church were blown out. The French. [254] Large quantities of the chemical compound were removed from storage in Egypt, India, Romania, and Senegal. [6][7] The Beirut Naval Base is a part of the port. [142] The hospital's director of intensive care, Dr. Joseph Haddad, was quoted as saying: "There is no St. George Hospital any more. It was reportedly sailing under a Moldovan flag with a mostly Ukrainian crew at the time. Those named are Igor Grechushkin, a Russian businessman and apparent owner of the MV Rhosus that brought the ammonium nitrate into Beirut … The lawyers said the cargo was "awaiting auctioning and/or proper disposal". [117][118][162], The edible-oil tanker ship Amadeo II was nearest to the explosion, which deposited the mangled remains of the ship on a nearby quay. [4][5], The government-owned Port of Beirut serves as the main maritime entry point into Lebanon and a vital piece of infrastructure for the importation of scarce goods. [77][78] Foreigners from at least 22 countries were among the casualties. [255][256][n], Accidental ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, "Beirut explosion" redirects here. [35][39][40], The second explosion, 33 to 35 seconds later, was much more substantial[41][42][43][44][40] and was felt in northern Israel and in Cyprus, 240 kilometers (150 miles) away. 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[183] On 19 August, a Lebanon judge ordered the arrests of more suspects over the explosion, making the total number of accused 25. [191] Lebanese President Michel Aoun said the government would make up to 100 billion pounds (US$66 million) in aid available to support recovery operations. [56] Experts from the Blast and Impact Research Group at the University of Sheffield estimated that the explosion was one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history. [215][216] On the night of 6 August, the protests against the government that had been ongoing since the previous October resumed, with dozens of protestors near the parliament building calling for the resignation of Lebanese government officials. [123][124] Lady Cochrane Sursock, philanthropist and matriarch of the Sursock family, died on 31 August from injuries sustained from the blast. The blast was felt in Turkey, Syria, Israel, Palestine and parts of Europe, and was heard in Cyprus, more than 240 km (150 mi) away. [132][138] Dozens of injured people brought to nearby hospitals could not be admitted because of the damage to the hospitals. Will the Trump corporate backlash make a difference? Did it stop in Beirut because it had engine problems? President Michel Aoun said the failure to deal with the Rhosus' cargo was "unacceptable" and promised to "hold those responsible and those who were negligent accountable, and serve them the most severe punishment". Although Mustapha Adib was announced as the Prime Minister designate, he failed to form a new government and stepped down. [122] French architect Jean-Marc Bonfils died after suffering serious injuries at his apartment in the East Village building in Mar Mikhaël. [76], 204 people were confirmed dead, and more than 6,500 people were injured. [197] The money pledged was not to be given to the Lebanese government, but rather to the people of Lebanon through the United Nations, other international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Was the ship supposed to deliver its cargo to Mozambique? 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[194] A temporary hospital was established in the city by the Iranian Red Crescent Society. [51], By the next morning, the main fire that led to the explosion had been extinguished. [210], Multiple members of the Lebanese parliament resigned in protest, including Marwan Hamadeh,[211] Paula Yacoubian,[212] all three Kataeb Party MPs,[212] Neemat Frem,[213] Michel Moawad,[213] Dima Jamali,[214] and Henri Helou. [209] Marwan Abboud, the governor of Beirut, said he arrived at the scene to search for firefighters who were on the site attempting to control the fire that was raging before the second explosion. [h] Furthermore, at least 108 Bangladeshi nationals were injured in the blasts, becoming the most affected foreign community. [125][126], The explosion overturned cars and stripped steel-framed buildings of their cladding. [1] The explosion was preceded by a fire in the same warehouse, but as of November 2020[update], the exact cause of the detonation is still under investigation. Lebanese authorities have not named the MV Rhosus as the source of the substance that ultimately exploded in Beirut on Tuesday, but Prime Minister Hassan Diab … CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, artificial non-nuclear explosions in history. [159][160] On 7 August, the first lawsuit related to the explosions was filed by the ship's owners, Abou Merhi Cruises, whose offices were also destroyed. The MV Rhosus arrived at the port in 2013 carrying 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate Lebanon's government has blamed the huge blast that devastated parts of Beirut … The economy of Lebanon was in a state of crisis before the explosions, with the government having defaulted on debt, the pound plunging, and a poverty rate that had risen past 50%. But they wouldn't release it. The five injured were connected to the Dutch embassy. 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The MV Rhosus was initially confiscated by Lebanese authorities in 2013 under an order by local inspectors in Beirut after it had entered the port due … [32], Customs officials had sent letters to judges requesting a resolution to the issue of the confiscated cargo, proposing that the ammonium nitrate be either exported, given to the army, or sold to the private Lebanese Explosives Company. [46] The ride-sharing app Careem offered free rides to and from hospitals and blood donation centers to anyone willing to donate blood. [40][140] Four nurses died from the initial blast, fifteen patients died after their ventilators stopped working, and several child cancer patients were injured by flying glass.

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