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Timeline of Beirut explosions

Xinhua
05 Aug 2020, 22:44 GMT+10

BEIRUT, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The following is the timeline of the huge explosions in Beirut, Lebanon.

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02:00 p.m. (1100 GMT)

International offers of assistance keep coming, including from Germany, Turkey and Gulf countries.

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01:30 p.m. (1030 GMT)

President Michel Aoun said an investigation into the explosions would be conducted and the results would be revealed transparently. He also appealed for speedy assistance to Lebanon.

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01:00 p.m. (1000 GMT)

Beirut governor said about 300,000 people were displaced after the explosions.

Health Minister Hamad Hassan announced that the explosions have caused at least 100 deaths and left over 4,000 injured, with many more missing.

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00:30 p.m. (0930 GMT)

Health minister Hassan said hospitals in Beirut and its suburbs were overcrowded after the explosions, qualifying the situation, aggravated by the spreading of the coronavirus, as a catastrophe.

International troops serving in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon are among those injured by the explosions.

Lebanon's Kataeb Party's secretary general was wounded in the blast, and his condition is reported as critical.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry said the wife of the Dutch ambassador to Lebanon was seriously injured.

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11:00 a.m. (0800 GMT)

International aid is heading to Beirut. Russia, France, Poland, Greece, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Jordan, Egypt and other countries are voicing support and aid to Lebanon, including sending rescuers, medical and emergency workers and opening field hospitals.

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09:00 a.m. (0600 GMT)

Prime Minister Hassan Diab appealed for help for Lebanon in a short televised speech. "We are witnessing a real catastrophe," he said.

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05:00 a.m. (0200 GMT)

Death toll rose to 73, and 3,000 others were injured.

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10:10 p.m. Tuesday (1910 GMT Tuesday)

Health minister Hassan said the explosions killed more than 25 and injured more than 2,500.

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09:15 p.m. (1815 GMT)

Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi said the ammonium nitrate stored since 2014 in warehouse No. 12 at the port may have caused the explosions.

President Aoun called for an emergency meeting of the Higher Defense Council to discuss the causes and repercussions of the explosions.

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06:10 p.m. (1510 GMT)

Huge explosions rocked Beirut, flattening most of Port of Beirut, shaking buildings in the capital, and causing massive casualties and damage.

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