Footballers from all over the world have reacted to the explosion that rocked Beirut the capital of Lebanon on Tuesday as thousands of people were reported to have been injured and countless numbers trapped under buildings.
Casualties at the time of writing this report stand at 135 deaths, 5000 injured and about 300,000 people displaced from their homes.
Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah was quick to put up the country’s flag with an inscription on it ‘Pray for Lebanon.’ With a broken heart emoji.
While PSG striker Kylian Mbappe uploaded a picture of the explosion with a tag
“All my prayers go out to the victims of this explosion in Beirut.”
While Manchester United midfielder’s Paul Pogba shared a picture on his Insta-story with a tag.
“I am deeply saddened by today’s news. My heartfelt condolence goes out to all people and their families who were affected. I offer you my thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes during these sad moments.
Beirut, Lebanon, was under a dark cloud on Tuesday as a massive explosion rocked the city killing dozens of people with thousands of people unaccounted for or stuck in buildings. Beirut explosion occurred near the port with a mushroom-like cloud covering the sky.
The explosion was felt for up to 150 miles and was felt in some neighboring towns in Cyprus.
However, preliminary investigation as shows it was not a terrorist attack rather it was the illegal storage of over 2,500 tons of ammonium nitrate, a material that is said to be highly explosive and a key ingredient in fertilizer and bomb which had been stored in them for more than six years at a warehouse at the port with safety precautions in place.
Lebanon Prime Minister has called for an immediate investigation into the explosion and called the storage as illegal.
while the Lebanese Health Minister has said
“Many people are missing until now, people are asking the emergency department about their loved ones, and it is difficult to search at night because there is no electricity. we are facing a real catastrophe and need time to assess the extent of damages.”
According to the governor, at least ten firefighters are said to be missing, who compared the scene to that of “Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”
“In my life, I haven’t seen destruction on this scale.”