The initiative, "Beirut Year Zero", features paintings, installations, and sculptures by some 60 artists and aims to raise money to support them and the Lebanese Red Cross, which was at the forefront of rescue and relief work after the blast.
A huge fire raged in Beirut port on Thursday, AFP correspondents said, sparking alarm among Lebanese still reeling from a deadly dockside explosion that disfigured the capital last month.
"The response plan includes a significant amount of assistance and psychological support for kids, specially that all available reports indicate an increased number of victims among children," Dr Mohammed Al Falahi said.
Since the explosions, people have crowded into the hardest hit districts to inspect their damaged homes and businesses, or as volunteers in cleanup efforts.
“Salam Beirut” aims to bring relief to the affected populations; whose numbers continue to rise as Lebanese officials pick through the wreckage. The first phase of response will focus on providing medical aid, food and water supplies and shelter to victims, which will be mobilised by Sharjah-based global humanitarian organisation, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) in coordination with on-ground relief operators in Lebanon.
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.”
Sunday’s donor teleconference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. International leaders, government officials and international organisations participated, including President Donald Trump.
Stepping into the delivery room where his wife Emmanuelle was about to give birth, Edmond Khnaisser meant to capture their son's first moments on camera.
The hospital itself was knocked out of service by the explosion, and Soha still cannot get over the circumstances of her husband's death. ‘You are not supposed to die in a hospital,’ she said. ‘This is what is killing me’.