Death toll rises to 42 in Tripoli , Lebanon explosions

Tripoli-Explosion 7The death toll from the two powerful explosions that rocked Tripoli, Lebanon’s northern capital Friday, August 23 resulted in the killing of at least 42 people and the wounding of hundreds according to the latest report by the ministry of heath.

The explosions reported took place outside the Al-Taqwa Mosque in the city’s Al-Zahiriya area and the Al-Salam Mosque in the Al-Mina neighborhood.

The search for human remains is still ongoing at the scene of the blast outside al-Salam Mosque according to media reports.

Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani commented on the explosion by saying: ” Terrorism is the greatest weapon in the conspiracy against Lebanon, considering that sedition is the easiest way to burn down the region.” He added: “The Lebanese must not forget that Israel is their enemy”.

Caretaker PM Mikati issued a decree declaring Saturday a day of national mourning for the victims of Tripoli.

This is how Tripoli looked like few minutes ago

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LBCI reported that President Michel Suleiman cut short his foreign trip and will meet tomorrow with Mikati and the chiefs of security agencies.

Commenting on the explosion MP Boutros Harb told LBCI:” The withdrawal of Hezbollah from the fighting in Syria will be the first step in the right direction.”

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam condemned on Friday the twin explosions that targeted the northern city of Tripoli and said that they are an indicator that the situation in Lebanon has reached a very dangerous level.

“The Tripoli crime is an additional indicator that the situation in Lebanon has reached a very dangerous level,” Salam said in a statement.

The PM designate called on the residents of Tripoli to “remain patient and overcome their pain in order to escape the trap that the enemies of the country set.”

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea called for forming the cabinet in order to end the current situation in Lebanon

“The only way to resolve the situation is by forming a cabinet away from political bickering… a cabinet that is based on the Baabda Declaration,” Geagea said in a statement.

“Everything else, whether condemnations or all the nonsense will not bring back to life those who died ] in the explosion or defuse the anger of people , especially that the explosions targeted people praying in mosques,” Geagea said.

“The condemnations voiced by Lebanese politicians do not do any good to the citizens or prevent any evil or provide food,” he added.

Updates

Imam of al-Salam Mosque Sheikh Bilal Baroudi told LBCI TV :

“I had issued a fatwa prohibiting young men from taking part in the conflict in Syria.” He added” :I call on the state to remove the weapons of strife from entire Lebanon as well as the rockets that targeted Qusayr, ” a possible reference to Hezbollah arms.

Al-Manar reported that the number of people wounded in Tripoli’s explosions has reached 600.

  • 5thDrawer

    Adults enough for this Pic??
    There are no words needed as a man helps his son from a Mosque. It’s worth too many.

    • Constantin7

      This is a horrible picture 5th…how can you post this here…..my god !!!!

      • 5thDrawer

        Is it worse than a lineup of dead children? Tell me how …

        • Constantin7

          The dead children seemed like angels sleeping…this is just too much!!! Are you in Tripoli right now ?

          • 5thDrawer

            Only my heart, Constantin …
            I will NOT ‘protect’ anyone’s sensitivities from images of war … they should know.
            This boy’s hand wraps around the father’s arm … there’s a hope to stop blood flowing …. they seek aid together … as long as possible … the pain comes later.
            My tears will not help, nor yours, nor his later. But anyone who has had a child can FEEL … it’s an excellent picture which will never leave a mind which has any sensitivity to human emotion. No words are needed.
            This is WAR. THIS is insanity.

          • 5th, I understand your intention in posting this photo but I am struggling to clear my head, I don’t know if I can ever recover from the image. it has to be the most disturbing thing I have ever seen, for my selfish reasons and deep compassion I don’t want to see it but at the same time I feel that the whole world needs to feel the pain and the outcome of the seed of hate planted by evil leaders and spread by their idiot followers.

          • 5thDrawer

            Sorry Geo … but reality bites. Too many ignore it, or cover it up.
            I put it in other places too … spread it around … ‘the friends’ will be pleased, no doubt. It’s a ‘father-son’ thing … nothing to do with religion.
            Everyone loved that picture of a Vietnamese having his brains blown out … or the crying, naked and burned little girl walking on the road …. eventually.
            Welcome to War.

    • cook

      I clicked on the image before reading ur warning.. SHIT !!!

    • rossoferrari

      Horrific picture, where is humanity among them pigs who committed this heinous crime. Did they join zabrallah and assad in their rat holes. Enough of this tit for tat.

  • 5thDrawer

    Adults enough for this Pic??
    There are no words needed as a man helps his son from a Mosque. It’s worth too many.

    • Constantin7

      This is a horrible picture 5th…how can you post this here…..my god !!!!

      • 5thDrawer

        Is it worse than a lineup of dead children?

        • Constantin7

          The dead children seemed like angels sleeping…this is just too much!!! Are you in Tripoli right now ?

          • 5thDrawer

            Only my heart, Constantin …
            I will NOT ‘protect’ anyone’s sensitivities from images of war … they should know.

          • 5th, I understand your intention in posting this photo but I am struggling to clear my head, I don’t know if I can ever recover from the image. it has to be the most disturbing thing I have ever seen, for my selfish reasons and deep compassion I don’t want to see it but at the same time I feel that the whole world needs to feel the pain and the outcome of the seed of hate planted by evil leaders and spread by their idiot followers.

          • 5thDrawer

            Sorry Geo … but reality bites. Too many ignore it, or cover it up.
            I put it in other places too … spread it around … ‘the friends’ will be pleased, no doubt. It’s a ‘father-son’ thing … nothing to do with religion.
            Everyone loved that picture of a Vietnamese having his brains blown out … or the crying, naked and burned girl walking on the road …. eventually.
            Welcome to War.

    • cook2half

      I clicked on the image before reading ur warning.. SHIT !!!

    • rossoferrari

      Horrific picture, where is humanity among them pigs who committed this heinous crime. Did they join zabrallah and assad in their rat holes. Enough of this tit for tat.

  • Constantin7

    Syrians with FSA put the bomb in the Dahieh and the Syrian regime put the 2 bombs in Tripoli. All our problems are from Syria. I just cannot believe or conceive that a Lebanese would do these crimes since these crimes are hurting the whole country. Only a foreigner who does not give a damn about Lebanon and its security would do these atrocities, and the Syrians are the suspects number 1 in both criminal acts. I honestly don’t think it is HA who put these 2 bombs, and I am in no way a supporter of HA.

  • Constantin7

    Syrians with FSA put the bomb in the Dahieh and the Syrian regime put the 2 bombs in Tripoli. All our problems are from Syria. I just cannot believe or conceive that a Lebanese would do these crimes since these crimes are hurting the whole country. Only a foreigner who does not give a damn about Lebanon and its security would do these atrocities, and the Syrians are the suspects number 1 in both criminal acts. I honestly don’t think it is HA who put these 2 bombs, and I am in no way a supporter of HA.

  • cook

    Death to Assad and everyone who supports him.
    Christians to Beirut, Alawites to the grave.

  • cook2half

    Death to Assad and everyone who supports him.
    Christians to Beirut, Alawites to the grave.

  • rossoferrari

    Oh my GOD…STOP this horror!! Pictures like these are orgasmic to zuballah and assad and make them happy. Enough killing

  • rossoferrari

    Oh my GOD…STOP this horror!! Pictures like these are orgasmic to zuballah and assad and make them happy. Enough killing

  • rossoferrari

    What a courage from that man!! I wonder what is he thinking: REVENGE?

    • 5thDrawer

      Only desperation to get aid … somehow … fast … somehow …

  • rossoferrari

    What a courage from that man!! I wonder what is he thinking: REVENGE?

    • 5thDrawer

      Only desperation to get aid … somehow … fast … somehow …

  • 5thDrawer

    Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani is a ASS.

  • 5thDrawer

    Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani is a ASS.

  • Fauzia45

    This is horrific!This will always happen when one group wants to control foreign policy!This has happened before and it is Lebanon s dilemma!

  • Fauzia45

    This is horrific!This will always happen when one group wants to control foreign policy!This has happened before and it is Lebanon s dilemma!