UAE Grandmaster Salem Abdul Rahman Saleh and Qatari Grandmaster Zhu Chen were crowned men’s and women’s champions respectively at the ‘Peace for Beirut’ Chess Championship held at the Sharjah Chess and Cultural Club.
All Lebanon’s political factions and ex-warlords are to blame for the massive blast in Beirut port that devastated three nearby neighbourhoods at a time when the country’s economy has collapsed and cases of Covid-19 are surging.
Sitting in his reading room, Fadlallah Dagher gestured at a 145-year-old arched window — or what was left of it. At his side lay the remains of the window’s intricate latticework and wood filigree, shattered to pieces by the enormous explosion that rocked Beirut.
As if the rampaging barbarity of COVID-19 wasn’t enough, as if the killer disease’s infinite assaults weren’t enough, the country, led by an irresponsible leadership, had to invite its complete destruction.
Salam Beirut, an international emergency aid campaign launched in the UAE to support the victims of the devastating explosion that struck Port Beirut, has announced an estimated allocation of US$100,000 for the repatriation of migrant workers who are facing increasing hunger and homelessness in the Lebanese capital.
In a brief televised speech, Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Monday that he is taking "a step back” so he can stand with the people "and fight the battle for change alongside them.”
Thousands of demonstrators, some of them brandishing nooses, had descended on the city centre to vent their fury at politicians they blame for Tuesday's explosion, which levelled Beirut port and killed 158 people.
The powerful explosion at Beirut port that devastated nearby neighbourhods was a dreadful accident in-waiting for which the country’s politicians shun blame.
The UAE always renders timely aid to the distressed and needy in times of crisis or disaster. When the Beirut explosions took place, causing unspeakable havoc and grief in Lebanon,