In Beirut, want to impose a state of emergency in two weeks

The Prime Minister of Lebanon Hassan Diab believes that after the explosion in the port of the capital Beirut it is necessary to introduce a state of emergency in the city for a period of two weeks.

With such statement the head of the Lebanese government spoke at an emergency meeting of the Supreme defense Council of Lebanon, informs on Wednesday, the office of the President of the Arab country, Michel Aoun.

In turn, President Aoun called for an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday to discuss measures to combat the effects of the disaster, which occurred in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday evening.

As previously reported, the Supreme defense Council of Lebanon Beirut declared a disaster area, and recommended that the government introduce in the capital of the state of emergency.

A powerful explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the Governor of the city, suffered half of the buildings in the city, and the hospitals are overcrowded because of the large number of victims. According to the latest data of the Ministry of health, suffered more than 3 thousand people, killed more than 70. The head of General security of the country, General Abbas Ibrahim said that according to preliminary data, detonated explosives for a long time kept in the port. The Prime Minister of Lebanon said that the party of ammonium nitrate with a weight of 2750 tons, which exploded in the port of Beirut, was in stock for 6 years without taking proper precautions.

The interior Ministry said that the exact cause of the explosion is yet to be determined.