Lebanon declares state of emergency for 15 days in Beirut
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Denys Bédarride
Friday 14 August 2020 Last update on Friday, August 14, 2020 At 7:15 PM

The Lebanese parliament has declared a state of emergency for 15 days in the capital, following the explosion of the port of Beirut.

This was decided during a session of Parliament chaired by Nabih Berri, at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut.

Indeed, the state of emergency entered into force on Thursday and will last for 15 days in the capital, Beirut.

For Berri, “Lebanon is dying and the way out of the crisis will only happen through a civil status and an electoral law without sectarian hindrance”, before calling for the speeding up of the formation of a government to carry out the reforms and the fight against corruption.

Last Tuesday, the Lebanese capital spent a bloody night following the massive explosion in the port of Beirut. The first indications reveal that highly explosive materials are at the origin of this incident which killed 171 people and whose damage is estimated between 10 and 15 billion dollars.

The next day, the Lebanese government announced a five-day investigation, while former heads of government, including Saad Hariri and Najib Mikati, called for the formation of an international or Arab investigative committee to determine the causes of the explosion.

The economic crisis will worsen following the explosion that paralyzed commercial traffic in Lebanon, which could cause a shortage of basic products. Indeed, the port is considered the main warehouse for many commodities.

Source Anadolu Agency