A number of UNPROFOR peacekeepers were injured in an explosion in the Beirut port area

Beirut, August 5, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon issued a statement on the 4th, saying that the violent explosion in the Beirut port area on the 4th caused injuries to many peace keepers of the force, some of whom were seriously injured. Lebanon’s president ORN tweeted on his twitter account on the evening of the 4th that 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored in the port warehouse for six years, and the lack of security measures was “unacceptable”. He called for a two-week state of emergency in Beirut and severe punishment for those responsible for the explosion. After the explosion, ORN presided over an emergency safety meeting. At the meeting, Lebanon’s senior Defense Council recommended: declare Beirut a disaster stricken city; implement a two-week state of emergency in Beirut; establish an investigation commission and submit the investigation results on the explosion within five days. Prime Minister diab of Lebanon announced that the 5th is the national day of mourning.