People are constantly sharing the images of the beautiful port of Beirut that has now turned into a pile of rubble.
— Junaid Qureshi (@JediQureshi) August 5, 2020
Can't believe that in the middle of this pandemic ,people in Lebanon is now facing another disaster. Sending prayers and deepest condolences to our dear Lebanese brothers and sisters. May God always guide you.#PrayForLebanon pic.twitter.com/ovGuJQ8K47
— Farooq Nawaz Sahil (@drsahil201) August 5, 2020
— Aurora Intel – #StayHome (@AuroraIntel) August 5, 2020
This is Beirut, Lebanon. Few hours before & after the #explosion. Knowing it took years to build the city just to be destroyed within seconds, really really broke my heart 💔
— El professor ➐ (@Asserdiq) August 5, 2020
The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, though the cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
People are praying for their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.
— βUΠGΔ 🦋 (@_____bungaaaa) August 5, 2020
no words cant express how saddening is the situation happening right now. praying for your safety and the healing of everyone. we stand with you, beirut, lebanon.#PrayForLebanon pic.twitter.com/6hAWzs5FoW
— Erum Aziz (@ErumAziz81) August 5, 2020
— Idrees Lala (@Idreeeslala) August 5, 2020
Health Minister Hassan Hamad had earlier reported at least 70 deaths, according to an official with the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettaneh, who also warned that the death toll could rise further.
Officials linked the explosion to some 2,700 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.
An estimated 2,750 tons of the explosive ammonium nitrate had been stored at a warehouse in Beirut for six years. Bomb blast by explosion of ammonium nitrate.#PrayForLebanon #Beirut pic.twitter.com/bnzOMeJhnw
— Arfa Abrar Malik (@ArfaAbrar) August 5, 2020
— Silas Joy, MD ➐ (@officialsilasMD) August 5, 2020
President Michel Aoun called for an emergency cabinet meeting on Wednesday and said a two-week state of emergency should be declared.
US President Donald Trump said the huge explosion that shook Beirut appeared to be a “terrible attack.”
“We have a very good relationship with the people of Lebanon and we will be there to help. It looks like a terrible attack,” Trump told reporters at the White House.
“I’ve met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of an event … They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind.”
This claim by Trump gives a new color to the terrible situation already going on.
Celebrities and big names in politics also expressed grief over the attack.
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) August 5, 2020
— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) August 4, 2020
#Beirut Ya Allah have mercy… Prayers for Lebanon. Way too tragic and heartbreaking. 🇱🇧
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) August 5, 2020
– heart goes out for the people in #Beruit I am praying for a speedy recovery. 💔
— Feroze Khan (@ferozekhaan) August 4, 2020
My heart goes out to the people of #Beirut. Can't even imagine what they might be going through after the horrific explosion that too in the midst of a pandemic.Praying for all those affected. #BeirutBlast #PrayersForLebanon
— VEENA MALIK (@iVeenaKhan) August 4, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan also tweeted his deepest condolences and lent his support in spirit to the people in Beirut.
Deeply pained to hear of the massive explosions in Beirut with precious lives lost & thousand injured.We stand in solidarity with our Lebanese brethren in their difficult hour, sharing their sorrow & grief. May Allah grant speedy recovery to the injured & strength to the bereaved
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 5, 2020
The Turkish superstar, Esra Bilgic also expressed her immense grief.
Shocking. Terrifying. I’m speechless. Deepest condolences to everyone caught up with this unfurling disaster in Lebanon. 🇱🇧
— Esra Bilgiç (@esbilgic) August 4, 2020
This tragedy comes amidst the widespread pandemic, Lebanon has recorded more than 5,000 cases of the virus, including 65 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.