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Yesterday may have seemed like any other day for the residents of Beirut, Lebanon. People were out and about doing their business until something unusual happened.

A thick cloud of smoke took over the sky. Suddenly everyone started to record what they had observed. All of a sudden, flames began to go off and BAM!

Beirut was hit with an explosion that completely changed lives and the beautiful city in less than 30 seconds.

Residents living nearby were rushed to the hospitals with several injuries while the damage done to their properties seems to be irreversible, while dozens have lost their families and friends.

Soon, social media began to flood with videos of the incident as many started to pour their videos and share other’s videos using the hashtag #PrayForLebanon.

Marking a black day in the country’s history, some of these videos are truly hard to watch.

What Happened?

As of now, on accounts of eyewitnesses and residents, some had claimed that just before this ‘attack,’ they heard not one but two planes fly above their homes.

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Qatar, Iraq, and Kuwait are trying to help by sending aid to the bleeding country. On the other hand, the government is in talks with the United States to raise their concerns.

Whereas US President Donald Trump has remarked that the Beirut explosion was an ‘attack’ contradicting Lebanese officials.

I’ve met with some of our great generals and they just seemed to feel that it was,

This was not some kind of a manufacturing explosion type of event … They would know better than I would, but they seem to think it was an attack — it was a bomb of some kind, yes. -Donald Trump

However, according to the Lebanese officials, the blast involved a large amount of ammonium nitrate that had been seized by the government years ago and was being held at the site of the explosion.

I will not relax until we find the responsible party for what happened, hold it accountable and apply the most serious punishments against it because it isn’t acceptable that a shipment of ammonium nitrate — estimated to be 2,750 tons — was in a depot for the past six years without precautionary measures being taken, -SAID Prime Minister Diab, according to a statement by the Lebanese Higher Defense Council. 

Shocking Social Media Videos

Here are some of the heart-wrenching videos and photos shared on social media of the horrific scenes from Beirut.

Our hearts go out to the people of Beirut and Lebanon. May you find comfort, and may your children be safe.

To help, you can reach out to Red Cross Lebanon and other foundations that are providing aid to the people.

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