Fury in Beirut over failures that led to devastating explosion – BBC News

The people of Beirut have made clear their fury at the Lebanese government after the massive explosion in the city’s port which killed at least 137 people and injured more than 5,000.

Thousands of tonnes of the explosive ammonium nitrate had been stored there, despite repeated warnings of the dangers.

The death toll is expected to rise as rescue workers continue their search for victims buried in the rubble. Around 300,000 people have been made homeless.

Crowds surrounded the French President Emmanuel Macron, the first world leader to visit the devastated city. Mr Macron, whose country shares close ties with Lebanon, called for an urgent response to the crisis faced by the country.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by middle east correspondent Quentin Sommerville in Beirut.

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  1. It is a huge shame for the Lebanese government and elites. The people are angry, desperate, shattered, left alone by their own leader ! Macron was there on the streets of Beirut, talking, supporting, calming the people. The French president in Lebanon doing what the Lebanese politicians cannot do! It is only right and justice if France take the responsibility of building and leading Lebanon back to the right path. Put the country under French protectorate so peace and order will come back again.
    It is a great shame that Lebanon cannot rely to its neighbours even to their so called Muslim brothers in the ME. Not one of these Muslim countries are capable of helping Lebanon properly as they simply do not want their hands get dirty!

  2. UAE paid ISRAELI OPERATION, this blast will benefit UAE tourism industry, UAE and Israel should be probe. Devastating middle east mean more investment in these two countries. Blast helped Netanyahu as well due to diverting their attention

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