This combo of photos shows people who got injured during the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people in Beirut.
The explosion in Beirut blew out windows for miles around and sent cascades of glass shards pouring onto the streets. It killed at least 180 people and left 6,000 wounded.
The scars often tell the story of where the victim was standing when a stockpile of explosive chemicals stored at Beirut's port was ignited by a fire, sending an earthquake-like jolt through the city and leaving entire blocks littered with rubble.Shadi Rizk, a network engineer, was working in a glass building across from the port and saw the fire out his window. A haunting video he shot on his phone shows the column of spoke and his reflection in the glass window. His colleagues can be heard chanting "Oh my God” in the background.
Then there is a ball of fire and the screen turns to dust.
"I couldn’t see or hear anything at first, there was void,” he said. "Then, after 20 minutes, I think people heard our screams and someone came and took us to the hospital.”
He needed 350 stitches, dark tracks that criss-cross his arms, legs, chest and face.
"The scars that will remain on my face and body will tell my story," he said. "They are a sign that I’ve been deeply hurt and a sign that I have healed.”
There are other wounds that will take much longer to heal. The blast destroyed entire neighborhoods near the port, leaving tens of thousands of people unable to live in their homes or operate their businesses. Lebanon was already in the grip of a severe economic crisis and struggling to contain a coronavirus outbreak.
The trauma from the explosion will run deep, even in a city that has seen decades of war, conflict and instability.
Angelique Sabounjian, a fashion model, was left with a gaping wound above her right eye from flying glass, now replaced by stitches. She, like others, is now demanding an international investigation.
"It was a kind of a nuclear bomb," she said. "This was not something normal to happen.”
Beirut resident Vany Bandikian once dreamt of travelling outside Lebanon, but after a massive explosion wrecked her neighbourhood, all she wants is to stay in the home her father built.
"I don't want to die." Those were the first words Hiba's six-year-old son screamed after the massive explosion at Beirut port sent shards of glass flying around their house.
"I hope whoever hears my words will support, even if it is with the word. We need to feel that we can heal each other’s wounds, support each other. I wish all of you success until we meet at the celebration that will mark Lebanon’s freedom. That day will come. "
In a statement given to 'Nation Shield,' the UAE Armed Forces magazine, Sheikh Khalifa added that these sacrifices are "medals of pride" that will adorn "our chests and those of our children and grandchildren."
Light rains fell over different parts of the country on Sunday. Rains started falling at 3pm, due to the effect of the extension of a weak western surface air depression with the extension of another weak western air depression in the upper layers of the atmosphere, resulting in a state of weather instability, according to the National Centre of Meteorology (NCM).
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