After a resonant explosion in the port of Beirut, the Lebanese government imposed a state of emergency in the capital of the republic for a period of two weeks, Al-Jazeera TV channel reported on Wednesday, citing Lebanese Information Minister Manal Abdessamad.
This decision was made following an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers, which was held to discuss further measures to eliminate the consequences of the explosion.
“We are declaring a state of emergency in Beirut and are asking citizens not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary,”Manal Abdessamad.
When asked by reporters whether any resignations in the Lebanese government would follow the explosion, she said:
“In the face of this catastrophe, the executive branch must play its part and take responsibility. Everyone (official – ed.) Who is resigning now, escapes responsibility, although we do not cling to our positions and chairs. “
Earlier, the Lebanese Supreme Defense Council made a recommendation to the government to introduce a two-week state of emergency in the capital, which on Tuesday evening after the explosion met for an emergency meeting.
A powerful explosion occurred on Tuesday in the area of the seaport of Beirut near the Lebanese naval base. The blast wave destroyed and damaged dozens of houses, cars, glass were broken in many quarters of the capital. According to local authorities, the explosion was caused by the detonation of 2.7 thousand tons of ammonium nitrate confiscated by customs services in 2015, which were stored in the warehouse.
According to the latest data, at least 113 people were killed in the explosion, and about four thousand were injured.