“Beirut is the sacred source” .. Elie Saab sends a message of hope to the Lebanese capital with his new collection of costumes

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – Despite the damage inflicted on the Lebanese capital by the disaster of the Beirut Port explosion, on August 4, the Lebanese fashion designer, Elie Saab, sends a message of love and hope to his country through his new collection of high-end fashion that carries The title, “Beirut, the Sacred Source.”

The Lebanese designer unveiled his haute couture collections through photos and video clips on the Instagram account of the official fashion house, “eliesaabworld”.

The fashion house wrote in a comment on one of the pictures from the new collection: “Everything in this world seems imaginary and unreal, and yet it can be fully achieved. Elie Saab paints a path forward, a way in which his beloved Beirut shines forward, and the ability to dream that gives a soul For hope, for a future full of possibilities. “

The new collection, launched by the Lebanese designer on September 10, is inspired by the elements of nature, the “magical soul” of Beirut.

The video clip captures the magic of fairy-tale nature, with scenes in the middle of a forest of trees, where the models look one after the other from behind a mirrored door and mirrors displaying a collection of bright dresses.

During the video clip, the music of Fayrouz’s famous song, “Ya Bird” can be heard.

“The magical spirit of Beirut is the main component of Elie Saab’s creativity. He designs with Beirut, with its vibrant cultural imagination and rich artistic heritage,” the fashion house wrote in its commentary on the video that displays the entire collection.

The comment continued: “In this fictional new collection that Elie Saab shares with the world, the sacred source evokes the vibrant life force that allows Beirut to triumph over and over again.”

The commentary indicated that this group “embodies the essence of his beloved Beirut.”

The designs in this collection, which is a tribute to Beirut, were characterized by sparkling elements, as the dresses were adorned with shiny lobes, sequins, feathers, calm colors and floral patterns.

Last month, the Lebanese designer revealed the damage to his workplace in the Lebanese capital as a result of the Beirut port explosion.


Emotional ending in Beirut as rescuers end search – CNN

(CNN) — Rescuers were unable to find a survivor under a mountain of rubble in Beirut after a three day search, extinguishing hopes of locating a missing person a month after a explosion devastated the city.

On Saturday night, locals applauded the rescuers, led by a Chilean search and rescue team, after they announced that the search was 95% complete and that they ruled out signs of life. “Unfortunately, today we can say that there are no signs of life inside the building,” Francisco Lermanda, head of Topos, the Chilean rescue team, told reporters at a press conference.

For three days, people from all over Lebanon were glued to their television screens, anticipating the news of a possible survivor in the Mikhaeal Sea, near the epicenter of the 4 August explosion. The Chilean team, Topos, said Thursday that its search dog and its sensors had detected signs of life in the rubble of a destroyed building in eastern Beirut. It was an announcement that drew crowds of volunteers, solidarity protesters, and local and international press coverage.

Rescuers return to search a destroyed building with the goal of finding a possible survivor after the Beirut explosion on September 4, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Many said it was not the happy ending they hoped for, but others argued that the result was ideal. “It was a happy ending,” said Melissa Fathallah, activist and founder of Bayte Baytak, an initiative to house Lebanese health workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Did we really want to add another name to the list of people who sadly died in this? I see it as a positive because we didn’t have to add one more name. We didn’t have to find another missing person. “

Fathallah initially went to the site of the search operation on Thursday to protest the Lebanese military decision to temporarily suspend the mission. She later became a volunteer in the rescue effort after the military retracted the decision and invited some of the protesters, including Fathallah, to join the operation.

“We didn’t stop until we had exhausted all options and there was not a 0.01% chance that someone would be there,” Fathallah said.

At the beginning of the mission, a Lebanese Civil Defense team expressed pessimism that search and rescue would find a survivor, or even a dead body. “There is a 99% chance that we won’t find anything,” George Abu Musa, head of civil defense operations, told CNN on Thursday night.

But Topos and local rescuers, including Civil Defense, worked slowly through the rubble, digging tunnels and excavating layers of limestone and rubble. The Chilean team’s sensors continued to detect respiratory cycles, which they called “signs of life,” emanating from the destroyed building. Those signals, the Topos team now says, could have come from rescuers themselves or from outside phone jamming.

“We detect respiration around 3 am, an exhalation. But after reviewing the area, we realized that this exhalation was from our own rescuers who had entered the first floor hours earlier. The device is very sensitive, therefore minimal exhalation will be detected, ”explained Lermanda on Saturday night.

They were three days full of emotions where hopes rested mainly on a search dog named Flash and a sensory machine, and ignored the low expectations set by local authorities. Confidence in state officials has waned since a popular uprising that began last October against government corruption gripped the country. The August 4 explosion has fanned the flames of public discontent.

The explosion of almost 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate tore through the Lebanese capital on August 4, killed 190 people, injured more than 6,000 and left more than 300,000 displaced from their homes. The blast destroyed much of Beirut’s eastern coastal area.

Rescuers use a crane to lift concrete slabs from a destroyed building as they search for survivors on September 4, 2020 in Beirut.

The Topos Rescue Team Chile He said that they will carry out other operations in Beirut if the Lebanese government asks them to do so.

“We would like to go everywhere, but we are respectful of governments and people,” Lermanda assured. “If they ask us to go anywhere, to ground zero (the port) or to a building where someone disappeared, that’s where we go.”

Rescue teams clear debris from a destroyed building in order to find a possible survivor after the Beirut explosion.

Tension on site

The operation unleashed an emotional rollercoaster for the locals involved in the mission. When Thursday’s search was temporarily suspended due to concerns that a wall could collapse and endanger the lives of the rescue team, a protest of about 100 people broke out off-site.

That breath is our last breath. It is our last hope. Everyone should be ashamed, ”Atallah shouted on Thursday night. A woman was heard saying, “We’ve been here for a month, can’t you stay up one night?”

Rescue teams dig through the rubble of a badly damaged building in Beirut, the Lebanese capital, looking for possible survivors.

Crowds arrived at the site of the rescue effort after the Chilean team had left, demanding an immediate resumption of the operation. One woman said she called for a tow truck, while other protesters climbed through the rubble offering to search for the body themselves.

The tension continued until soldiers told protesters that the team and their gear would return to the site imminently. The next day, many of those protesters joined the rescue effort under the coordination of the military. The mood changed. Protesters and members of the military who had previously been on opposite sides of a military cordon were now working together.

And after the mission ended, volunteers reported that there was a moment of reflection on the relative lack of faith in the initial Civil Defense assessment, with a prominent Civil Defense worker, Youssef Mallah, berating the activists for their lack. trusted by local rescuers.

«I love what the Chileans did. I have the utmost respect for them, ”Atallah said. “But we have to give more credit to the Civil Defense. We forget that these people are actually volunteers and that if someone is going to take the time to do what they do and sacrifice for the rest of us, congratulations.

“If ever there was a reason for him not to leave the country, because I have thought about it, it is because of people like Youssef Mallah.”

CNN’s Sharif Paget contributed to this report.


Hope of finding survivor in rubble in Beirut diminishes

Beirut, Lebanon.

The Lebanese lifeguards, aided by a team of Chilean ‘moles’, resumed on Saturday the search for a possible survivor among the ruins of a Beirut building, though hopes dim a month after the devastating explosion, reported those responsible.

“The search has been going on for two days, but the chances are low” of finding survivors, said Lebanese Civil Defense Operations Director George Abou Moussa. “We have not found anything so far,” he said.

A team of Chilean lifeguards, belonging to the Topos Chile unit, that helps with rescue tasks in the lebanese capital detected on Thursday weak heartbeat under the rubble of a building thanks to a sniffer dog and thermal scanners. This news raised hopes of finding a survivor of the tragic explosion in the capital’s port, which destroyed entire neighborhoods on 4 August and left at least 191 dead and more than 6,500 injured.

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On Saturday, the operations were taking place in the ruins of the building’s stairwell, said a civil defense lifeguard on the ground, Qassem Khater.

“We will not leave until we finish the search under the rubble, even though the building threatens to sink,” he said.

For his part, one of the Chilean rescuers, Walter Muñoz, told reporters that the hope of finding a survivor is “2%.”

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Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud told reporters on Thursday that there could be one or two bodies and even a survivor.


This announcement, a month after the apocalyptic explosion caused by several tons of ammonium nitrate stored for years in the port without security measures, raised hope among a large part of the traumatized public opinion. “It’s our last heartbeat,” Nasri Sayegh, a Beirutian visual artist and actor, wrote on Facebook on Friday.


Beirut explosion: arrest warrants for a total of 25 suspects

Arrest warrants have been issued for the 25 suspects prosecuted in the Beirut port explosion, a Lebanese judicial source told AFP on Tuesday, four weeks after the tragedy.

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Judicial authorities had already issued arrest warrants against 21 suspects in the August 4 blast, which killed at least 188 people, injured more than 6,500 and devastated entire neighborhoods of the capital.

On Tuesday, the investigating judge in charge of the investigation, Fadi Sawan, issued warrants for the arrest of four new suspects after their questioning, according to a judicial source.

They are the head of the military intelligence services at the port, a State Security officer, and two members of the General Security, said this source.

The gigantic explosion that shook the Lebanese capital had been blamed by the authorities for the storage for six years without precautionary measures of a huge amount of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse at the port of Beirut.

The circumstances of the explosion, however, are still not known.

According to security sources, welding work at the warehouse caused a fire that caused the explosion.


Still Traumatized by the Explosion, Lebanese Beirut Residents Have To Face This Deadly Threat, ‘Can Disturb Humans and the Environment’ – All Pages

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The Beirut explosion was caught on camera by local residents.

Intisari-Online.com – Still remember the big explosion that happened at Beirut, Lebanon some time ago?

Until now, citizens Lebanon still experiencing trauma.

Even so, they are still trying to clean the broken glass and wipe the surface covered with dust.

Unfortunately, this condition is getting worse.

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Where the dust is what many think is a big threat to the city.

“The most dangerous thing right now is that nobody knows.”

“What did explode apart from ammonium nitrate? How toxic is the dust?” Julien Jreissati, Program Manager of Greenpeace’s Middle East and North Africa in Beirut, quoted DW on Thursday (27/8/2020).

“We don’t know what kind of pollution, what level of pollution, what is the potential impact.”

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“Therefore, what is the potential to overcome it,” he continued.

Until now, the authorities have not confirmed what materials were burned in the port warehouse fire.

Ammonium nitrate side effects

So far what is known is that when ammonium nitrate is heated and melts, it will release toxic gases such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ammonia gas (NH3).

These gases, are harmful to the human respiratory system and the environment.

Even in turn, the gas will react when mixed with other chemicals.

There is no up-to-date information on air pollution levels at this time.

This is because Lebanon has closed its monitoring system to cut costs in 2019.

A professor of chemistry at the American University of Beirut Najat Saliba and his team have taken air samples with their own sensors.

Saliba hopes to get results in about a month or twice as usual due to the country’s economic collapse.

“We are completely running out of resources such as quality standards and equipment to carry out testing,” he said.

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Although air pollution is a concern, Saliba noted that there is a bigger problem looming over Beirut, namely garbage.

The garbage crisis

The message does not bode well for Beirut, which has been dealing with a rubbish crisis for several years.

In 2015, the government failed to react quickly enough after a large garbage dump closed, leaving roads and beaches filled with mounds of rubbish.

A new aspect of the problem is the type of debris that is being cleaned.

According to Seoud from UNDP, there are many items that are difficult to dispose of such as air conditioners, compressors, electronics.

There is also medical waste from the Covid-19 pandemic and chemical waste that can cause urban water problems.

Meanwhile, Beirut was waiting to see if all of its pipes were still intact after the explosion.

Under these conditions, civilians and NGOs alike hope that this disaster can mark a turning point for the country for the better.

(Ahmad Naufal Dzulfaroh)

(This article was published on Kompas.com by title “The Beirut explosion caused massive pollution, what was the condition like?“)

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In Beirut, schools destroyed by double explosion will not open at the start of the school year

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At the start of the school year, many schools in Beirut will not be able to open their doors because they were too damaged by the double explosion at the port of the Lebanese capital. As the country faces the worst economic crisis in its history, our Special Envoys visited establishments whose reconstruction has yet to begin.

The start of the school year is fast approaching, but several schools Beirut will not be able to open their doors. Destroyed by the double explosion of the port, they are not a priority in a bankrupt Lebanon.

Unesco is trying to raise emergency funds to finance the education of students deprived of classes and its director, Audrey Azoulay, was on site this Thursday, August 27.

In all, 85,000 pupils concerned

A stone’s throw from the port of Beirut, the public school of Ashrafiyé is one of the most affected. In a classroom, the walls threaten to collapse and the front door has not withstood the blast from the explosion.

The 90 students of the establishment will have to take the online courses: most of them are not equipped, but director Colette Khoury remains optimistic. “Beirut will be reborn again”, she confides to France 24. For lack of teachers and resources, five classes of this establishment have closed over the past two years.

In all, 85,000 students will probably not be able to return to school in September.

Click on the player above to watch this exclusive report from our envoys to Beirut.


Will the explosion in Beirut trigger the Arab Spring? All pages

KOMPAS.com – The massive explosion that occurred in the capital Lebanon, Beirut on Tuesday (4/8/2020) with a magnitude equivalent to an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.3, it left a lot of destruction.

The local government said ammonium nitrate totaling 2,750 tonnes was the cause of the incident which killed at least 135 people and injured thousands of others.

After the explosion, demonstrations took place demanding the resignation of the government which was deemed incompetent, corrupt and ignorant.

Yel echoing in Beirut, demonstrators stormed the government ministry’s office and damaged the offices of the Lebanese Bank Association on Saturday (8/8/2020).

Local television coverage broadcast demonstrators forcing their way into the Ministry of Energy and Economy building, chanting “the people want the regime to step down,” a voice synonymous with movement. Arab Spring 2011 ago.

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After that demonstration, the exodus the Lebanese government cabinet takes place. A few days before the explosion at the Port of Beirut, even Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti had already resigned first.

Launch AFPHitti, who resigned on Monday (3/8/2020) stated that his decline was due to the prolonged economic crisis that hit the country.

“I find that in this country there are many bosses and conflicting interests,” said Hitti while accusing the government of not being serious about moving reforms. In fact, reform is a requirement demanded by international donors.

So, what will happen to Lebanon next? Amid the turmoil of the crisis and the neglect of the corrupt government, is Lebanon able to survive?

Or, the echo of people’s demands that the government resigns during the demonstration some time ago will repeat itself Arab Spring in 2011 ago?

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Rigid political system and possibilities Arab Spring

Who is responsible for all these problems? The answer is hard to find, especially knowing that the Lebanese government has been designed so that no single group is too strong or dominating.

“After the civil war in Lebanon, the law was present to organize the political system of the government,” said Dr Yoyo, MA, an academic from the Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Ahmad Dahlan University, Yogyakarta who is actively researching Middle East studies in an interview with Kompas.com, Sunday (16/8/2020).

The political system in question is consociationalism which is the division of power in Lebanon based on a particular religion.

The civil war in Lebanon ended in 1990 with an agreement to divide power between sectarian factions.

The presidency is devoted to Maronite Christians, the prime minister of a Sunni Muslim and the Speaker of the Parliament of the Shia Muslims.

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“I don’t think the demonstration in Lebanon will spark Arab Spring because the spirit brought is different, “said Dr Yoyo who had done it Visiting Doctoral Student at King’s College London, England.

The Arab Spring was a political upheaval in North Africa and the Middle East that lasted from late 2010 to early 2011.

Quoted from The Middle East Revolution, Arab Spring, which was originally called the Melati Revolution, started with the self-immolation of a man named Muhammad Bouazizi (26) on Friday (17 December 2010) in Tunisia.

The action then spread to several other Arab countries which brought the spirit of overthrowing the dictatorial government. From Tunisia, followed by Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria.

According to Dr Yoyo, the explosion in Beirut became a kind of momentum that disgusted its citizens, “… is the accumulation of the economic crisis,” and the impact of the neglected government.

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Arabs, he said, were disgusted by having gone through many failures. Dr Yoyo quoted what modern Moroccan scientist Abdullah al Urwi (Abdullah Laroui) said, that at the level of the political system and social change, Arabs tend to experience peak saturation (or fatigue).

From there, Arabs tend to have dreams of going to Europe. That’s why refugees from Syria, from conflicting Arab countries want to try their luck in Europe.

“Almost all Arabs have almost the same goals and dreams, namely to go to Europe. If you look at the mapping of Arabic literature, Arabic novels’ stories about Europe will be found, because their goal is to go there.”

The saturation that causes it all, is no less than pressure from dictatorial governments, as in countries that experience it Arab Spring, starting from the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia which spread to Egypt, Yemen, Libya and finally Syria.

“Lebanon does not include them (Arab countries experiencing the Arab Spring) such as Tunisia, Egypt and Syria,” said Dr Yoyo.

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And even if the Lebanese people are already bored, it is because it is based on the absence of significant developments on the economic side, not about the dictatorship of the government.

Other than that, Arab Spring which happened between 2010-2011 according to Dr Yoyo, did not have a good political impact except for Tunisia.

“At that time, any reformation movement had never succeeded. Arab Spring 10 years ago, it did not have a good political impact except for Tunisia because it was followed by a new constitutional change in 2014 which raised hopes that Tunisia could become a model of success (for other Arab countries), “he concluded.


Explosion in Beirut seen from space. Photos before and after the tragedy

The scale of the explosion in Beirut was so huge that its effects are visible from space. Experts compared the photos before and after the tragedy, the effect is surprising.

On August 4, there was a huge explosion of ammonium nitrate in the port of Beirut (the capital of Lebanon). The scale of the tragedy was so large that the crash site can be seen from orbit around the Earth.

This is illustrated, among others, by photos taken by the orbiting Sentinel-2 satellite, operating under the Copernicus program (the new name of the European Commission’s Earth Observation Program). These types of images support emergency services that need as much accurate and reliable information as possible about the scene of an accident.

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However, not only rescuers but also local authorities need data to determine which parts of the city are still safe and which should be absolutely excluded from use. Satellite images allow to assess not only the scale of the damage, but also provide information on possible changes to the coastline or landslides that may endanger the health and property of the inhabitants.

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Sylwia Nasiłowska, project manager at CloudFerro, the operator of the CREODIAS platform, which enables easy access to satellite data as part of the Copernicus program, explains that by comparing photos from before and after the explosion, you can analyze the situation at the scene.


– In the first step, we visually compared two photos taken by the Sentinel-2 satellite. The first is on July 24, 11 days before the explosion. Images from August 3 and July 29 are still available, but there is a slight cloudiness on them, which means that the comparative analysis may not be reliable. The next ones were made 4 days after the accident, that is on August 8 – explains Nasiłowska.

– The combination of both images allows you to assess the size of losses, but not only. Using the near-infrared (false color) images, we can observe the presence of green vegetation, i.e. the one that survived the explosion, marked here in pink. This allows to assess the most dangerous range of the explosion – he adds.

Near infrared images taken with the Sentinel-2 allow you to easily and quickly isolate anything that has green leaves under normal light. Thanks to this, you can get precise information about the flora. This is useful when analyzing urban areas, especially in arid climates where vegetation is scarce and subject to special care.


– Similar changes can also be observed using the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). This indicator allows you to assess the development and condition of vegetation – says the expert from CloudFerro.

– Values ​​above 0.4, marked in a medium and dark green image, show elements of vivid green. In the post-explosion situation, we see changes in the vegetation caused by considerable damage. More detailed analyzes show that the area of ​​impact of the explosion was even larger, and the effect of the explosion was the strongest in the area where the damage to the vegetation was greatest, he explains.

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False color and NDVI images correspond with each other when it comes to the assessment of the vegetation condition. They allow to estimate its quantity and condition. Explosion extent assessment using satellite products such as False color and NDVI is an indirect method of estimating damage. Much more information is provided by VHR photos, i.e. very high resolution images, up to 0.5 meters, which allow for an accurate mapping of the Earth’s surface.


The photos in question come from the CREODIAS.eu open platform, built by CloudFerro, which provides cloud computing services and is the platform operator. CREODIAS.eu is one of the five European DIAS (Data and Information Access System) systems operating under the Copernicus program.

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the bride’s reaction after the explosion

A still image that tells the fear and terror of the explosion that devastated Beirut. The video of a wedding on social media reveals another side of the sad story that brought the capital of Lebanon to its knees. A young married couple looks at the photographer’s lens but something distracts their attention. It is the column of smoke that comes from the port from where, a few moments later, the shock wave of the explosion starts.

Beirut, the shocking story of the bride overwhelmed by the explosion: “It was a nightmare”

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Lebanese government was warned in July

New details are coming to light around the disaster in Beirut. The tragedy could possibly have been prevented. Apparently the authorities knew about the dangerous chemicals that were stored in the port.

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According to information from the Reuters news agency, security experts warned the Lebanese government of the devastating consequences of an explosion in the port of Beirut in July. The 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were explicitly mentioned, which last week probably led to the huge explosion that destroyed large parts of the city and in which at least 160 people died and more than 6,000 were injured. According to the government, the chemicals had been stored unsecured in the port for six years.

The security experts warned Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the President Michel Aoun gone, said people familiar with the relevant reports, according to Reuters. In the latest report by the Directorate-General for State Security, there is a reference to a letter to the two politicians that was sent on July 20. The content of the letter is not apparent from the report Reuters was able to see.

Warning of a chemical terrorist attack

A person familiar with the proceedings said, however, that the letter contained the results of an investigation. It concluded that the chemicals needed to be secured immediately. “There was a risk that the material, if it were stolen, could be used for terrorist attacks,” said the person who was involved in drafting the letter and does not want to be named. “I warned you that if it exploded, this could destroy Beirut.”

The offices of the Prime Minister and the President left inquiries about the letter unanswered. The public prosecutor did not want to comment either.

After days of protests, the government announced its resignation on Monday, but remains in office for the time being. Protesters in Beirut accuse their failure and corruption. Reconstruction is likely to cost the troubled country up to $ 15 billion.