CCTV captures moment Beirut explosion strikes hospital – video

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/aug/08/cctv-captures-moment-beirut-explosion-strikes-hospital-videoFootage captured when the blast in the Lebanese capital’s port hit the Lau Medical Center-Rizk hospital shows the shockwave shattering windows and ripping doors from their frames. More than 150 people in the city were killed, thousands were injured and… [Read more]

Beirut explosion: the volunteer clearing up the wreckage of her home city – video

https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2020/aug/08/beirut-explosion-the-volunteer-clearing-up-the-wreckage-of-her-home-city-videoIn the days after the Beirut explosion, the Guardian followed yoga teacher Jana Saleh as she volunteered to help clear up. She finds chaos, disorder and a lack of support from Lebanese authorities: ‘there is no government, no army …… [Read more]

Beirut braced for protests as Lebanese demand answers and justice

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/beirut-explosion-protests-lebanon-answers-and-justiceWith recovery and rescue under way after huge port explosion, attention turns to political accountability Protests are expected in Beirut on Saturday amid growing anger at the corruption and incompetence that appears to have paved the way for one of… [Read more]

Dima Abdallah : « Ne t’endors pas, Beyrouth »

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2020/08/08/dima-abdallah-ne-t-endors-pas-beyrouth_6048479_3232.htmlAu côté de sa ville natale dévastée par une double explosion, la romancière l’exhorte, dans une tribune au « Monde », à trouver la force et le courage de s’extirper des décombres. Et, une nouvelle fois, de renaître par-delà l’abîme où la… [Read more]

Dans les hôpitaux de Beyrouth, « on n’attend plus rien du pays »

https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/08/08/dans-les-hopitaux-de-beyrouth-on-n-attend-plus-rien-du-pays_6048473_3210.htmlLes hôpitaux de la capitale libanaise restent sous pression, après la double explosion du 4 août, qui a fait au moins 154 morts et 5000 blessés. Dans les couloirs, les proches des patients crient leur colère contre les dirigeants politiques.

Behind the Beirut explosion lies the lawless world of international shipping | Laleh Khalili

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/08/beirut-explosion-lawless-world-international-shipping-The disaster has roots in a global network of maritime capital and legal chicanery designed to protect businesses at any cost At about 6pm on Tuesday, a seemingly small warehouse fire near Beirut port’s grain silos began to fizz with… [Read more]

Charif Majdalani : « Beyrouth, mardi 4 août, 18 h 07 »

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2020/08/08/charif-majdalani-beyrouth-mardi-4-aout-18-h-07_6048464_3232.htmlUn rugissement, des secousses, de longues minutes d’effroi… Relatant la catastrophe qui a terrassé sa ville, le romancier rappelle, dans une tribune au « Monde », qu’à l’instar du soulèvement du 17 octobre 2019, ce jour du 4 août marque une nouvelle étape dans le… [Read more]

Beirut recovery effort gathers pace amid growing anger at Lebanon’s leaders

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/beirut-explosion-recovery-effort-anger-lebanon-leadersObservers confused by unidentified men directing port cleanup as politicians’ excuses are shunned Search and rescue teams, firefighters and medics continued to comb through what remains of Beirut port on Friday, competing for space with men who were not wearing… [Read more]

Beirut explosion: cruise ship owner sues ‘those responsible’, as more protests loom

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/beirut-explosion-cruise-ship-owner-sues-those-responsible-as-more-protests-loomLegal action could be first of many moves as anger builds over disaster, with protests planned on Saturday Beirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangar The Lebanese owner of a cruise ship sunk by the huge explosion… [Read more]

Wajdi Mouawad : « Au Liban, la monstruosité du point final »

https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2020/08/08/wajdi-mouawad-au-liban-la-monstruosite-du-point-final_6048455_3232.htmlBouleversé par la violence sidérante de l’explosion qui a ravagé Beyrouth, le dramaturge Wajdi Mouawad, né au Liban, met en cause dans une tribune au « Monde », une classe dirigeante « qui ne dirige que ses propres intérêts et les intérêts de… [Read more]

‘I’m still in a state of shock’: Lebanese Australians are mobilising to help a shattered Beirut

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/08/im-still-in-a-state-of-shock-lebanese-australians-are-mobilising-to-help-a-shattered-beirutRebecca Maakasa, confined in Melbourne’s lockdown, is connecting through social media to the Lebanese diaspora to offer whatever assistance she can “It’s like an apocalyptic world,” Sydney-born Yasmin Kassis describes. “You can’t fathom the despair and destruction.” Kassis, an English… [Read more]