Thu, 06 Aug 2020 - 12:47 GMT
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 - 12:47 GMT
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he visits a devastated street of Beirut, Lebanon August 6, 2020. Thibault Camus/Pool via REUTERS
CAIRO – 6 August 2020: Coincident with the French President Emmanuel Macon to Lebanon following the deadly blast that claimed lives of 173 people and injured more than 5,000 others, more than 36,000 people in Lebanon signed a document calling for the return of the French mandate of Lebanon for the coming 10 years, Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria .
A debate among people on social media platform aroused; Dima Khatib tweeted that French President Marcon is hugging an old lady, while thousands of Lebanese people sign a document calling for the return of the French mandate of Lebanon. “What a failure!”
- إيمانويل ماكرون، رئيس الجمهورية الفرنسية، يضم سيدة تبكي بحرقة على كتفه في شارع من شوارع بيروت المنكوبة، وهما بالكمامات، على الهواء مباشرة.— Dima Khatib ديمة الخطيب (@Dima_Khatib) August 6, 2020
- عشرات الآلاف (كلهم لبنانيون؟) يوقعون على عريضة تطالب بإعادة لبنان تحت الانتداب الفرنسي.
أن يصل الحال إلى هذا العجز 🤐
Meanwhile, Mema Maro replied to Macron’s Arabic-language tweet on Lebanon, saying “Come and bring the French Mandate with you. We do not need impendence anymore.”
تعا وجيب معك الإنتداب الفرنسي ، ما بدنا إستقلال بقا— ᎷᎯ ᎡᎥᏁᎯ 🇱🇧 (@Meme4ever87Maro) August 6, 2020
At his arrival to Rafic Hariri Airport in Beirut, Macron tweeted that “Lebanon is not alone,” paying an inspection tour, with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, to the site of the explosion in Beirut port. He also visited some injured civilians in Gemmayzeh city, where he announced to launch new political initiative and unconditioned French to Lebanese people.
French President said that he would discuss with the officials the ways of eradicating corruption and putting economic reforms.
On Tuesday, huge fire was seen on Tuesday just before a deadly explosion took place at the same spot in Beirut, horrifying citizens and destroying houses. The horrible explosion, which has been easily recorded by many citizens, was caused by a fire in a warehouse that housed an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
France French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Wednesday that France dispatched three aid planes carrying “a team of the civil defense, emergency unit personnel and a mobile health center by the Ministry of the Interior, allowing the treatment of 500 wounded,” reported NNA.
Several countries around the globe sent or pledged assistance to Lebanon; Egypt, Iraq, the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, and Iran already sent planes and ships of food, medical, and oil aid. Meanwhile, countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Germany, Algeria, and the European Union pledged emergency assistance.
Beirut governor Marwan Abboud announced on Wednesday that the port's losses alone stand at $15 billion, saying that half of the city of Beirut was damaged in the blast. As yet, 300,000 people became homeless while dozens are still missing.
The Lebanese government declared on Wednesday a two-week state of emergency in Beirut after the explosion, noting that the state of emergency is renewable. Meanwhile, it announced that all officials who were responsible of the storage of the ammonium nitrate cargo will be under house arrest, giving orders to the army to execute the house arrest.