Lebanese citizens will never forget the tragic evening of August 4, when Beirut, the Lebanese capital, was rocked by a massive explosion that hit a port warehouse and extended its impact to the eastern and western suburbs of the capital. It caused thousands of deaths and injuries, while buildings, neighborhoods, cars, and shops were severely damaged. The explosion came at a time when Lebanon is going through a worsening economic and health crisis.
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As the news of the disaster spread, the reactions of renowned figures in Lebanon and the Arab world came through with some expressing their anger and sadness, others sympathizing with the victims and their homeland, and those living in the vicinity of the blast area assured their fans about their condition.
Dorra Zarrouk shared an illustration of the explosion and wrote, “My heart is in pain because of the beautiful and vibrant Beirut.. Beirut, where I lived and learned, and its life-loving people.. It went through many difficult crises and endured destruction and death but kept living and I hope that it would hold on and come back.. To all the people of Lebanon, God bless you save you and your beloved country.”
محروق قلبي من جوا و مقهورة عا بلدي من اللي صار. أنا الحمدلله بخير وانشالله ما يكون في شهدا، وكل الجرحى يتعافو يا رب !بيتي تكسر كلو بس مش مهم ،المهم.
الله يحمي لبنان
— Elissa (@elissakh) August 4, 2020
In a tweet, Elissa expressed her sympathy for her country and its people, announcing that her whole house had been damaged: “My heart is broken and I feel overwhelmed by what happened to my country. Thank God I am fine and God willing there will be no martyrs, and that all the wounded will recover, Lord! My house has been damaged entirely but that’s not important. God protect Lebanon.”
اللي صار اليوم ب #بيروت بيبكّي 💔 الله يرحم كل الضحايا، وكل حدا قادر يتبرع بالدم للجرحى ما يتردد ولا لحظة لأنن كتار 🙏🏻
— Haifa Wehbe (@HaifaWehbe) August 4, 2020
Haifa Wehbe shared pictures of her house via Instagram Stories showing its damages, stressing that she is fine and that the material losses could be compensated. She asked people to pray for her recovery as she faced an injury to her head.
يا رب ما يكون حدا مضرّر يا رب 🙏🏻 او صرلو شي #بيروت
— Yara (@yara_lb) August 4, 2020
Yara expressed her anger over the widespread videos of the disaster, and called on her followers to stop circulating them and instead think of a way to help the teams evacuate the wounded through prayer and blood donation in hospitals and Red Cross centers.
يا رب ما إلنا غيرك… لبنان💔
— Nancy Ajram (@NancyAjram) August 4, 2020
In her tweet, Nancy Ajram prayed to God, asking for his help: “O Lord, we have nobody but you … Lebanon.”
مش عم إستوعب حجم الإنفجار 😨🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/SmnrlptGA6
— CAROLE SAMAHA🔴 (@CAROLE_SAMAHA) August 4, 2020
Carole Samaha took to Twitter and posted a video that showcases the magnitude of the destruction caused by the explosion with a caption saying, “Oh God, have mercy on us”. “I can’t imagine how big the explosion is!” she added. The star also posted the Red Cross’ tweet which asks people to call their teams only to provide emergency assistance to the critically wounded people due to the overload.
Nawal El Zoghbi
إنفجار بمرفأ بيروت!
— Nawal El Zoghbi – نوال الزغبي (@NawalElZoghbi) August 4, 2020
Nawal El Zoghbi posted a video of the tremendous explosion praying to God in her tweet to protect her home country. The singer wrote, “May God protect this country and its people”.
Assi El Helani
#بيروت_عم_تبكي بكل ما تحمله الكلمة من معنى ما حدث وما رأيته بام العين
اليوم شبيه باعصار لم ارى طول سنوات الحرب مثل هذا المشهد.. يا رب توكن معنا على هذه الكارثة.. وكل ما حصل بسبب الأستهتار وعدم المسؤولية للأسف؟؟؟
الله يرحم الشهداء اتمنى الشفاء العاجل للجرحه 🙏💔 @sarelwa2et pic.twitter.com/iIdlaUKmai
— Assi El Hallani (@assihallani) August 4, 2020
Assi El Helani also expressed his shock over the explosion that rocked Beirut. “Beirut is really crying! What happened, and what I saw with my own eyes is much like a tornado. I have never seen such a scene throughout the years of war. O Lord, be with us to overcome this disaster. Unfortunately, all that happened was out of recklessness and irresponsibility. May God bless the martyrs’ souls and my hopes to the injured of a speedy recovery” he tweeted.
Cyrine Abdelnour also condemned the explosion. She took to Instagram and posted a video showing the magnitude of the explosion with a caption saying, “Is this a firecracker explosion?! May God protect us.” TV presenter Radwa El Sherbiny commented on Abdelnour’s post supplicating God to preserve Lebanon. She wrote, “May God preserve and protect you, my dear”.
— Myriam Fares (@myriamfares) August 4, 2020
Myriam Fares was deeply shocked by the explosion as she took to Twitter to write, “The impact of the trauma is still great. May God bless the martyrs’ souls who lost their lives because of this explosion, and grant their families with patience. Oh God, heal the wounded and help those who lost their houses. Thank God, me and my family are ok. It is a really tragic disaster for Lebanon as a whole. We can’t but pray to God to protect us”.
— Maya Diab (@mayadiab) August 4, 2020
As for Maya Diab, she couldn’t hide her outrage. “Go to hell,” she wrote in her tweet attaching it with the hashtag #Hiroshima_Beirut.
خالص عزائي للشعب اللبناني، وتمنياني بالشفاء العاجل لجميع المصابين.
— Amr Diab (@amrdiab) August 4, 2020
“My sincere condolences to the Lebanese people, all my best wishes of speedy recovery for all the injured” the megastar Amr Diab wrote on Twitter.
— Ahmed Helmy (@ahelmy) August 4, 2020
Ahmed Helmy said, “My deepest sympathy and condolences to the Lebanese people for this disaster and this tragic explosion that occurred today in #Beirut port. May God grant patience to the victims’ families and heal every wounded and injured person.”
Mohamed Hadid shared a photo of the billowing smoke from the explosion with the caption, “I cry for you. My brothers and sisters may God bless you and heal you. There is not enough tears to ease your pain,” which was followed by the words “May God protect you, Lebanon,” in Arabic.
اسألكم الدعاء للبنان و شعب لبنان بسبب هذا الحادث القاسي ..و اسألكم الدعاء بالشفاء لكل مصاب و الدعاء و الفاتحه على روح كل شهيد ،، اللهم إحفظ لبنان و كل البلاد العربيه
— Tamer Hosny (@tamerhosny) August 4, 2020
Tamer Hosny tweeted: “I ask you to pray for the people of Lebanon and Lebanon because of this cruel incident… God save Lebanon and all the Arab countries.”