Footage taken from an off shore boat shows the full scope of the huge explosion that rocked Beirut, Tuesday, August 4.
READ MORE: Lebanon’s prime minister announced his government’s resignation Monday night in the aftermath of last week’s devastating explosion at the Port of Beirut and the public protests that followed.
“We want to open the door to national rescue, a rescue that the Lebanese will participate in achieving,” Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a televised speech. “Therefore, today I announce the resignation of this government. May God protect Lebanon.”
Diab had formed his government in January after a protracted political crisis.
He laid the blame for the country’s myriad problems at the feet of the political elite, who have ruled Lebanon since the end of the civil war nearly 30 years ago. He said they have caused political and economic devastation and brought about last week’s tragedy and he called for accountability.
After addressing the nation, Diab went to the presidential palace where President Michel Aoun accepted the government’s resignation.