Christian broadcaster SAT-7 reports that a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut early Tuesday evening, 4 August 2020, has left an estimated 4,000 wounded, at least 100 dead, and caused extensive damage to the heart of the city.
SAT-7 said their largest television production studio in Beirut – is around 10km from the blast site – with around 70 employees and freelance staff.
SAT-7’s Executive Director in Lebanon, Maroun Bou Rached, said, “Everyone is in shock and devastated by what has happened. Our staff are all accounted for, but the SAT-7 studios have suffered minor damage. Please pray for calm for everyone in Lebanon.”
The blast, which occurred in the city’s port, tore through surrounding buildings and blew out windows and doors across a wide area. The city’s governor estimated that 200,000 to 250,000 people have been made homeless.
Several hospitals were severely damaged and others, already struggling with rising coronavirus cases, have been overwhelmed by the influx of injured people. Lebanon’s president declared a two-week state of emergency as the new chaos brought more pain to a country facing multiple crises brought on by colossal debts, currency collapse, soaring prices, political turmoil, and COVID-19.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Peter Wooding