International News Aug 4, 2020 5:30 PM EST

Over 4,000 injuries reported in Beirut explosion, death toll continues to climb

The Lebanese security council and medical sources have confirmed at least 24 deaths in the explosion, with that number expected to rise.

Over 4,000 injuries reported in Beirut explosion, death toll continues to climb
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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This article has been updated to reflect the most recent injury estimates.

The Hotel Dieu de France Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon—one of the city's three main hospitals—has told local media that their hospital have reached capacity, with over 500 wounded people having arrived at the hospital. "Dozens" of surgeries are required. An estimated 4,000 have been injured throughout the city.

The Red Cross announced that hospitals from all regions would be required to head to Beirut, calling the situation, damage, and amount of injuries "not normal." The Red Cross is reportedly "overwhelmed," and has started transporting people in food trucks, as per LBCI News.

All doctors have also been asked to head to hospitals, as per the request of the Doctors' Association of Beirut.

Lebanese Major General Abbas Ibrahim told media about highly explosive sodium nitrate materials that were confiscated from a ship months ago that were supposed to be destroyed.

The Lebanese security council and medical sources have confirmed at least 75 deaths in the explosion, with that number expected to rise.

Army bulldozers have successfully opened the way for firefighters and ambulances to reach the Beirut Port, where the explosion took place. Roads have also been closed for all except doctors and ambulances.

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