Lebanon declares a state of emergency, death toll from Beirut Port explosion rises to 135

Beirut , SANA-Lebanese Health Minister, Hamad Hassan, announced that the death toll from Beirut massive explosion rose to 135.

“There are also 80 missing and thousands of the wounded are up to now and the teams concerned are searching for them at sea and under rubble” Hassan said in a televised speech on Wednesday evening”

Earlier, Lebanese Cabinet decided to declare  on Wednesday a state of emergency for two weeks with a possibility of  extension in light of the explosion that hit Beirut port yesterday, asking the military authority to assume responsibility for maintaining security.

Lebanese Minister of information, Manal Abdul Samad, said at a press conference that the Cabinet adopted the statement of the Higher Defense Council, particularly a declaration that Beirut is a disaster-stricken city in addition to forming a crisis cell to follow up this disaster on all levels and forming an Administrative Investigation Committee to investigate into the reasons behind the incident.

The death toll from the massive explosion that rocked Beirut Port on Tuesday reached to more than 100 and more than 4000 wounded person.

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