Lebanese prime minister declares national day of mourning over blast

Wounded people are pictured outside a hospital following an explosion in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. (Photo by IBRAHIM AMRO / AFP)

, Lebanese Prime Minister declares Wednesday as a national day of mourning for the victims of the huge blast at port.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab declares Wednesday will be a national day of mourning for the victims of the huge blast at Beirut port, state-run National News Agency reports.

The number of those killed or wounded in the blast remains unclear.

Local television reports quoted hospital sources as saying some 400 to 500 people have been wounded, and that all of the hospitals in the capital are overwhelmed as people are brought in.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has called for an emergency meeting of the National Defence Council.





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