CNA Staff, Aug 6, 2020 / 23:47 pm
International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced an emergency 250,000 euro food aid package for victims of the massive August 4 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
The ACN grant will focus on poor families most affected by the explosion, which devastated the port area of the Lebanese capital and adjacent areas, including the mostly Christian neighborhoods of Mar Maroun and Achrafieh.
At least 135 people have died and another 5,000 were injured when a warehouse storing some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded Tuesday evening. Officials are investigating the cause of the explosion.
Fr. Samer Nassif, a Lebanese priest, told Aid to the Church in Need that the Christian area of Beirut is "completely devastated," with at least 10 churches destroyed.