Lebanese police fired tear gas to try to disperse stoned protesters blocking a road near Parliament in Beirut on Sunday during a second day of anti-government protests triggered by a horrifying blast last week.
International leaders attended a conference of virtual donors led by France and the United Nations after the terrible explosion in the port of Beirut, pledging that nearly $ 300 million of humanitarian assistance would be “delivered directly to Lebanese people “.
- US President Donald Trump has announced that the US will give “substantial” aid to Lebanon, although he did not specify how many.
The International Monetary Fund said it was willing to double its efforts to help Lebanon after the devastating blast hit Beirut, but said all of its institutions should show a willingness to undertake reform.
- Lebanon̵7;s Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad announced his resignation, saying that Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government was not meeting the wishes of the people. Shortly thereafter, Environment Minister Damianos Kattar also resigned.
- At least 158 people were killed in Tuesday’s blast and more than 6,000 others were injured.
Here are the latest updates:
Monday, August 10
04:20 GMT – Nine Lebanese MPs, two ministers resign from government
Nine members of parliament and two ministers have so far resigned in Lebanon, according to a tally of votes by Al Jazeera.
Manal Abdel Samad, information minister and Damianos Kattar, environment minister resigned on Sunday, as the government came under heavy pressure following Tuesday’s deadly explosion in Beirut.
So far, 9 MPs and 2 ministers have resigned since the #Beirut, # Lebanon explosion
Manal Abdel Samad, information
Damianos Kattar, The Environment
– Saad (@SaadAbedine) August 9, 2020
04:04 GMT – The Beirut explosion created a crater 43 meters deep
Huge explosions that hit the Lebanese capital Beirut last Tuesday and took the lives of 158 people left a crater 43 meters deep at the site, local reports said.
The explosions in the port of Beirut also injured more than 6,000 people, destroyed a large granary and destroyed half of the buildings in the city. The giant crater located near the destroyed granary, filled with seawater.
02:15 GMT – Trump swears ‘substantial’ aid to Lebanon
US President Donald Trump has pledged that his administration will provide “substantial” aid to Lebanon, although he did not provide details.
“On a humanitarian basis, we have to do it. We have to do it. You know, you can almost say how does a country survive such a tragedy? This is the level. The degree to which the people are there, they say, is a level we’ve never seen before. “
An emergency donor conference on Sunday made a pledge worth nearly 253 million euros ($ 298 million) to provide immediate humanitarian aid.
02:05 GMT – The governor of Beirut says many bodies have yet to be identified from the port explosion
Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud said some foreign workers and truck drivers are still missing after the massive explosion and are presumed dead.
In an interview with television station Al Jadeed, Abboud added that many people who died from the explosion have yet to be identified and it may take time to complete the identification of the remains.
According to the report, an estimated 45 out of the more than 158 people confirmed dead in the explosion were Syrian nationals, working in the service sector in the country.
Sunday, August 9
20:37 GMT – IMF director renews call for reform
Kristalina Georgieva, head of the International Monetary Fund, warned Lebanon again that it will not receive any loan from the institution unless it reforms its government.
“Lebanon’s present and future generations must not bear more debt than they can afford,” she said during the conference.
That is why she said the IMF required “sustainability of debt as a condition of lending”, adding that “the financial system must also be tolerant”.
19:32 GMT – Environment Minister resigns
Environment Minister Damianos Kattar said in a statement that he would resign, becoming the second minister to resign because of the explosion.
“Before the great disaster … I decided to resign from the government,” Kattar said, adding that he had lost hope in a “aseptic regime that has robbed many opportunities”.
19:21 GMT – Did the explosion cause a humanitarian disaster?
Lebanon was in dire straits even before the massive explosion destroyed much of Beirut.
Government went bankrupt, money was almost worthless and millions of Lebanese lost their jobs. The explosion made things worse by destroying the main port of a country heavily dependent on food imports.
About 300,000 homeless people in Beirut have received very little help from the government. Lebanon is also home to 1.5 million Syrian refugees.
How will aid organizations cope with the challenge?
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18:14 GM – Aid conference raised 300 million dollars to give ‘directly’ to people
A series of countries pledged nearly $ 300 million in humanitarian assistance to Lebanon at a conference to rally international support for the country in crisis.
This money will go to the United Nations, international organizations and NGOs, not the Lebanese government – at the request of the large Lebanese public who fear that the money will be lost. into the hands of corruption.
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16:07 GMT – Protesters throw stones at police on the second day of the protest
Protesters stoned security forces blocking a road near the Lebanese parliament on the second day of anti-government protests.
Hundreds of people gathered in a main square, where thousands of Lebanese protested Saturday against a political class they blamed for the economic and political woes of the land, Reuters reported. country.
“We want to destroy and kill the government. They don’t give us jobs or rights,” said Nissan Ghrawi, a 19-year-old unemployed protester.
On Saturday, more than 700 protesters were injured in clashes with riot police who used tear gas and live bullets to disperse crowds.