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Beirut Explosion

“I can’t believe I’m still alive”

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:28 AM, 5 August 2020   Updated: 04:29 AM, 5 August 2020

An injured woman being taken to safe zone; collected photo

An injured woman being taken to safe zone; collected photo

Twin explosions have killed at least 50 and wounded 2,750 people in Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday. The witnesses there mentioned the incident as confusing, devastating, disastrous. Qatari news media Al Jazeera interviewed few witnesses, where they shared the direst experiences they had.

Nada Hamza, a Beirut resident was a few meters away from the electricity establishment in Lebanon, which is parallel to the port. “I went out of my car, I ran away to the entrance of one of the buildings, then I realized that the building was destroyed. Then, I tried to call my parents, but I couldn’t reach anyone,” she said. “I can’t believe I’m still alive.”

A man covered in blood said, “I don’t know what happened. I was fishing, I heard there was a fire, so I began to head home, then I heard that something explode, and then, this happened, I got injured this is all I know.”

Another wounded man, whose face was also covered in blood said, “My car was down there, and it rolled over. I think my injuries are because of the glass. The glass cut me up.”

“We were shaken,” said Nasser Yassin, an associate professor at the American University of Beirut. He was outside Beirut at the time of the explosion but felt as if it was “nearby”. 

Khaled Hamade, a former military General, who was about one kilometer from the site of the explosion said, “Everything [made me remember] the last day of the civil war in Beirut.”

Mohamed Khalifeh, a former health minister who rushed to a hospital to help treat the wounded, said he was at his house at the time of the explosion. “I shouted to my family to take care, there’s an earthquake - and immediately, everything collapsed,” he recalled.

“We are in a very bad situation economically, [there is a shortage of] medical supplies, shortage of everything, we manage to cope, but the devastation is beyond any description,” said Mr. Khalifeh