CNA Staff, Aug 4, 2020 / 11:08 am
At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in the city's port area, caused damage across the city, and has reportedly flooded hospitals with casualties.
Some local news sources are reporting that at least 10 people are dead, and videos have emerged online showing cars overturned in city streets and buildings with shattered windows and crumbled balconies.
The cause of the explosion is not yet clear, but Christian leaders in Lebanon and around the world have called for prayer, and Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced that Wednesday will be a day of mourning across the country.
Sixty percent of Lebanon's people are Muslim, evenly split among Sunni and Shia, and nearly 35% of the country's population is Christian, most of whom are Maronite Catholic Christians. In the wake of the explosion, Christians will likely turn to St. Charbel, Lebanon's patron saint, who is also revered by many of Lebanon's Muslims.