Indian envoy to Lebanon Suhel Ajaz Khan said,"All our embassy staff are safe. We are in touch with Indian community members, so far there is no report of casualty. We are keeping a close watch and are in touch with community organisations. There is lot of damage to buildings in central Beirut." … [Read more...] about ‘A real horror show’: Massive explosion rocks Beirut
The economic meltdown has intensified competition on the labor market. Given their precarious immigration status, Syrians often must take work under inhumane conditions and frequently face discrimination and hostility. There had been animosity toward displaced people long before the explosion, said al-Rabii said. But he added that his family has been lucky: The FCEI managed to get them visas for France in cooperation with a French partner organization through its Humanitarian Corridor program, which focuses on the "transfer and integration in Europe of vulnerable refugees." … [Read more...] about Displaced Syrians look for way out of a Lebanon in conflict
If the 2,700-tonne figure is accurate, that would make the ammonium nitrate explosion larger than the 1947 Texas City Disaster, when a consignment of 2,300 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded, killing nearly 500 people. The blast created a 4.5-metre (15ft) wave. … [Read more...] about Ammonium nitrate: what is the chemical blamed for blast in Lebanese capital?
“I am announcing my resignation as an ambassador … in protest against state negligence, theft and lying,” said Chamoun. “This disaster rang a bell: we should not show any of them mercy and they all must go,” she added. “This is total negligence.” … [Read more...] about Beirut explosion: Lebanon security forces fire teargas at protesters as anger mounts
The fall of the government failed to quell anger on the streets of central Beirut, where demonstrators again clashed with soldiers and parliamentary guards defending the Lebanese legislature. A caretaker administration made up of many of the same ministers would do little to satisfy those calling for an overhaul of the country’s political system, including the basis on which governments are formed. … [Read more...] about Lebanese government quits following Beirut port explosion
The Maronite patriarch also joined world leaders, international organisations and the Lebanese public in pressing for an international inquiry into the explosion, which, authorities say, was triggered by a fire in a port warehouse where a huge shipment of hazardous ammonium nitrate had languished for years. … [Read more...] about Lebanon information minister quits in first cabinet resignation since blast