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The smallest victim of the explosion in Beirut: The 3-year-old girl dies of her injuries after an explosion


Little Alexandra Naggear sits on her father's shoulders while she waves the flag of her country, beaming happily.

But yesterday the three-year-old was exposed as the youngest victim of the terrible explosion that struck Beirut and died of her injuries in hospital three days later.

When a fire broke out in the city's harbor last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise apartment to watch the fire with her parents.

Minutes later, the first explosion hit – and her mother Tracy, 33, picked it up, ran away from the glass, screaming, trying to shield it.

But when the second large explosion occurred a few seconds later, the impact of the explosion tore Alexandra from her mother's arms.

Proud: Alexandra Naggear is sitting on the shoulders of her father Paul. The three-year-old was exposed as the youngest victim in the horrific explosion that struck Beirut and died of her injuries in hospital three days later

Alexandra pictured with her parents Tracy and Paul Naggear. When a fire broke out in the city's harbor last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise apartment to watch the fire with her parents

Alexandra pictured with her parents Tracy and Paul Naggear. When a fire broke out in the city's harbor last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise apartment to watch the fire with her parents

At least 158 ​​died when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate went up in flames in a warehouse

At least 158 ​​died when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate went up in flames in a warehouse

It took a few minutes for Alexandra's parents to dig her out from under the rubble, her grandfather Michel Awwad (pictured), 60, told the Daily Mail last night

It took a few minutes for Alexandra's parents to dig her out from under the rubble, her grandfather Michel Awwad (pictured), 60, told the Daily Mail last night

It took her parents a few minutes to dig her out from under the rubble, her grandfather Michel Awwad, 60, told the Daily Mail last night.

"You were out on the balcony just watching like most people," he said. My daughter said she saw a huge gray object fall from the sky and she started screaming for them to run into it.

“She tried to cover Alexandra, she held her daughter and tried to cover her.

"But the pressure of the explosion was so strong and she couldn't hold it and they flew into the house."

Mr Awwad said he thought the child hit her head on a piano or a door. Alexandra's parents took her to the nearest hospital on a motorcycle but could not get in as the building had been hit and they had to find another one.

Mr Awwad said, “I got through to Tracy, she yelled on the phone and told me I think we lost Alexandra. She was a very smart girl, it's so sad that it ended like this. & # 39;

Three-year-old Alexandra was killed when she and her mother watched the first explosion on the balcony

Three-year-old Alexandra was killed when she and her mother watched the first explosion on the balcony

Alexandra's father Paul, 36, said she was "not a martyr, she is a victim". In a television interview, Mr. Naggear, who owns a digital marketing and consulting company, told the government, “They killed us in our homes. Ditch your parties and band together to overthrow the system. & # 39;

Alexandra's father Paul, 36, said she was "not a martyr, she is a victim". In a television interview, Mr. Naggear, who owns a digital marketing and consulting company, told the government, “They killed us in our homes. Ditch your parties and band together to overthrow the system. & # 39;

Alexandra and mother Tracy. "But the pressure from the explosion was so strong and she couldn't hold them and they flew into the house," said her grandfather Michel Awwad, 60

Alexandra and mother Tracy. "But the pressure from the explosion was so strong and she couldn't hold them and they flew into the house," said her grandfather Michel Awwad, 60

Anti-government Lebanese protesters clash with security forces near parliament on August 9 in Beirut, Lebanon

Anti-government Lebanese protesters clash with security forces near parliament on August 9 in Beirut, Lebanon

Protesters take part in a protest on August 9 after the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday

Protesters take part in a protest on August 9 after the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday

His daughter had broken ribs and took more than a dozen stitches on her face.

At least 158 ​​died when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate went up in flames in a warehouse.

The revelation comes as follows:

  • World leaders have pledged more than 250 million euros to rebuild Beirut after the port exploded
  • The United Nations said around $ 117 million will be needed for an emergency response over the next three months
  • At least 21 people are still missing after the explosion, and the Lebanese army said hopes of finding survivors are fading
  • Angry protesters have threatened further violence after a night of street clashes in Lebanon in which protesters stormed several ministries
  • The anger of the protesters reignited calls from demonstrations last year calling for the Lebanese leadership to be ousted

Alexandra's father Paul, 36, said she was "not a martyr, she is a victim". In a television interview, Mr. Naggear, who owns a digital marketing and consulting company, told the government, “They killed us in our homes. Ditch your parties and band together to overthrow the system. & # 39;

The Lebanese government has seen widespread protests since last year, fueled by an economic crisis and a collapsing currency.

A picture shows the explosion scene in Beirut on August 4, 2020

A picture shows the explosion scene in Beirut on August 4, 2020

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets over the weekend and stormed government departments. The police fired tear gas and the sound of gunshots could be heard on Martyrs Square in the city center. At least 728 people were injured in the clashes.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said he would call for early elections as a way out of the "structural crisis". Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad resigned yesterday.

Alexandra's grandfather said he lived through the civil war but has now given up hope.

He said, “I have seen tragedies in Lebanon since 1975. Every time we say it gets better. I don't think so anymore.

& # 39; This country is run by war criminals. This time around, people are fed up, some want to stay and fight, but the majority who have the chance to leave will go. & # 39;

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues. The explosive material had been seized from a ship six years ago but was never moved. Experts claimed the explosion was the magnitude of a 3.3 magnitude earthquake and the remaining crater was 140 feet deep.

On Sunday the heads of state and government of the world pledged more than 250 million euros for the reconstruction of Beirut after the port explosion in the Lebanese capital.

15 heads of government, including Donald Trump, took part in a conference call hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations.

Donor countries also urged Lebanon to "fully commit to timely action and reforms" in order to gain longer-term support for the country's economic and financial recovery.

And they said support for "an impartial, credible and independent investigation" into Tuesday's explosion "is needed and available immediately at Lebanon's request".

Protesters hold candles and flashlights to honor the victims of the deadly explosion in Beirut port that devastated large parts of the capital on August 9 in Beirut, Lebanon

Protesters hold candles and flashlights to honor the victims of the deadly explosion in Beirut port that devastated large parts of the capital on August 9 in Beirut, Lebanon

Emmanuel Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge supply of ammonium nitrate that killed more than 150 people, injured around 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless

Emmanuel Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge supply of ammonium nitrate that killed more than 150 people, injured around 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless

In a joint statement after the meeting, which was attended by representatives from almost 30 countries, as well as the EU and the Arab League, no global amount was mentioned.

According to Macron's office, the total number of promised or quickly mobilized emergency aid amounts to 252.7 million euros, including 30 million euros from France.

Boris Johnson tells the Lebanese President that Britain will "stand by the country in its hour of need".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Lebanese President Michel Aoun that Britain will "stand by the country in its hour of need," said Downing Street after the devastating explosion in Beirut's port.

A spokesman # 10 said: “The Prime Minister spoke to President Aoun of Lebanon this morning to convey the deepest British sympathy to the Lebanese people following Tuesday's devastating explosion. He also passed on Her Majesty's condolences to the Queen.

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Britain's longstanding friendship with Lebanon and a commitment to stand by the country in its hour of need.

& # 39; The two leaders discussed the urgent humanitarian, medical and reconstruction needs following the explosion in the port of Beirut, and President Aoun thanked the UK for support so far, including releasing £ 5 million for emergency funding and the use of HMS Enterprise.

"With Lebanon threatened by a financial crisis, the coronavirus and the effects of this tragic explosion, they have agreed to work with international partners to ensure the country's long-term recovery and rehabilitation."

Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge supply of ammonium nitrate that killed more than 150 people, injured about 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless.

Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ZDF that "more than 200 million euros in emergency aid have been collected," including 20 million euros from Germany.

The joint statement by the world leaders and their representatives highlighted concerns about corruption in the Lebanese government.

"The participants agreed that their aid should be timely, sufficient and in accordance with the needs of the Lebanese people, well coordinated under the leadership of the United Nations and delivered directly to the Lebanese people with the greatest efficiency and transparency," said it.

Acting USAID administrator John Barsa also said in a conference call on Sunday that American aid, which has so far been announced at around US $ 15 million, is "absolutely not going to the government."

The United Nations said around $ 117 million will be needed over the next three months for an emergency response, including health services, emergency shelter, food distribution and programs to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who was also in the group on Sunday, thanked Macron for the initiative.

"It takes a lot to rebuild what has been destroyed and restore Beirut's splendor," the Lebanese presidency quoted him on Twitter.

"The needs are many and we need to address them quickly, especially before the arrival of winter, which will add to the suffering of homeless citizens."

At least 21 people are still missing in the big blast, and the Lebanese army said hopes of finding survivors were fading on Sunday.

Lebanese people angry about the explosion through official negligence have taken to the streets in anti-government protests that have led to clashes with the army.

Macron said it was now up to the Lebanese authorities "to act to prevent the country from going under and to respond to the aspirations that the Lebanese people are rightly making on the streets of Beirut right now".

15 heads of government, including Donald Trump, took part in a conference call between French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations on Sunday

15 heads of government, including Donald Trump, took part in a conference call between French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations on Sunday

"We must all work together to make sure there is no violence or chaos," he added. "It's about the future of Lebanon."

Trump also called for calm, according to the White House, which agreed with other leaders on the group's call to "work closely on international response efforts."

"President Trump also urged the Lebanese government to conduct a full and transparent investigation that the United States is ready to help with," it said.

"The president called for calm in Lebanon and recognized the legitimate demands of peaceful demonstrators for transparency, reform and accountability."

The conference on Sunday was attended by heads of state and government as well as by the UN aid coordinator Mark Lowcock, representatives of the World Bank, the Red Cross, the IMF, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Israel, with which Lebanon has no diplomatic relations, did not attend, although Macron said it had expressed a wish to contribute, and neither did Iran, which has enormous influence in Lebanon through the Shiite group Hezbollah.

Warehouses full of goods, including cars in the immediate vicinity of the explosion, were completely destroyed by the effects of the explosion, the size of a small atomic bomb

Warehouses full of goods, including cars in the immediate vicinity of the explosion, were completely destroyed by the effects of the explosion, the size of a small atomic bomb

Damaged cars can be seen at the site of the explosion on Tuesday in the port area of ​​Beirut in Lebanon on August 7th

Damaged cars can be seen at the site of the explosion on Tuesday in the port area of ​​Beirut in Lebanon on August 7th

When France's leader visited the blast-ravaged Beirut this week, he comforted troubled crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed the blast pierced France's own heart

When France's leader visited the blast-ravaged Beirut this week, he comforted troubled crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed the blast pierced France's own heart

The most important Arab states on the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Great Britain, China, Jordan and Egypt were represented.

Macron said Turkey, with which France's diplomatic ties over the Libya conflict had frozen, and Russia had expressed support for the initiative despite not attending the conference.

According to the United Nations, at least 15 medical facilities, including three large hospitals, could suffer structural damage and more than 120 schools could suffer severe damage. This can disrupt the learning of around 55,000 children.

Thousands of people need food and the explosion disrupted groundwater and sanitation in many parts of the city.

Pope Francis called on Sunday asking for "generous help" from the international community.

Anti-government protesters hurled stones at Lebanese riot police as they protest against Lebanese politicians who have ruled the country for decades outside the Lebanese Parliament in downtown Beirut on Friday evening

Anti-government protesters hurled stones at Lebanese riot police as they protest against Lebanese politicians who have ruled the country for decades outside the Lebanese Parliament in downtown Beirut on Friday evening

Ahead of a major protest planned on Saturday in Martyrs Square in the city center, people threw stones at the riot police in front of the Lebanese parliament

Ahead of a major protest planned on Saturday in Martyrs Square in the city center, people threw stones at the riot police in front of the Lebanese parliament

France has dispatched tons of medical and food aid, dozens of search and rescue personnel and forensic experts to assist with the investigation, as well as reconstruction supplies.

In addition to the monetary aid pledged so far, Egypt and Qatar have promised field hospitals, Brazil said it would send 4,000 tons of rice and Spain 10 tons of wheat.

"Lebanon is not alone in these terrible times," concluded the conference's statement.

"Prepare the gallows, because our anger doesn't stop in a day": Angry Lebanese protesters are threatening more violence

By Sam Baker for MailOnline

Angry protesters in Lebanon have threatened further violence after a night of street fighting in which they stormed several ministries.

The city of Beirut was struck by a fatal explosion on August 4th, and the exact circumstances that led to the explosion are not yet known.

Even so, many in Lebanon blame the corruption and incompetence of their government in allowing the explosion that has killed 158 people so far.

Angry protesters in Lebanon have threatened further violence after a night of street fighting in which they stormed several ministries following the devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4th

Angry protesters in Lebanon have threatened further violence after a night of street fighting in which they stormed several ministries following the devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4th

French experts working on the site of the explosion say the crater left by the explosion is 43 meters deep

French experts working on the site of the explosion say the crater left by the explosion is 43 meters deep

A staggering 6,000 people were injured in the explosion that created a mushroom cloud that reminded many of an atomic bomb.

Cell phone footage has also surfaced on social media showing the moment of the explosion in high definition slow motion.

Agoston Nemeth, 42, recorded the footage on the terrace of his home, just 850 feet from the site of the explosion.

A loud rumble can be heard in the video as black smoke engulfs the sky before a huge mushroom cloud and a visible shock wave blow out of the windows, rushing towards the camera, knocking it over.

Describing his experience with the explosion, Nemeth said, “It was something I couldn't get away from. I saw this incandescent glass explode.

A message posted on social media by angry protesters read: "Prepare the gallows because our anger doesn't end in a day."

A message posted on social media by angry protesters read: "Prepare the gallows because our anger doesn't end in a day."

Rescue teams are today searching for missing people near the explosion site that struck the seaport of Beirut in Lebanon

Rescue teams are today searching for missing people near the explosion site that struck the seaport of Beirut in Lebanon

“I don't know if I jumped or the shock waves hit me, and I was on the ground. I don't know how much time has passed.

I noticed glass shatter and people scream. I looked around and saw this huge orange cloud overhead

A security officer quoting French experts working on the site of the disaster said a 43-meter-deep crater had been left in the port of Beirut.

A message posted on social media by angry protesters read: "Prepare the gallows because our anger doesn't end in a day."

The anger of the protesters rekindled calls from demonstrations last year calling for the complete ousting of the Lebanese leadership.

The army was forced to use tear gas and rubber bullets to evacuate the crowd of demonstrators from Martyrs Square after 65 people were injured, according to the Red Cross.

Protesters clashed with police last night in a protest against the political elites and the government

Protesters clashed with police last night in a protest against the political elites and the government

Tear gas and rubber bullets were used by the Lebanese army to attempt to break up crowds of demonstrators last night

Tear gas and rubber bullets were used by the Lebanese army to attempt to break up crowds of demonstrators last night

Protesters even temporarily occupied the State Department building before being evicted by the army after three hours. Pictured: Protesters and riot police clash in Beirut yesterday

Protesters even temporarily occupied the State Department building before being evicted by the army after three hours. Pictured: Protesters and riot police clash in Beirut yesterday

Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad (pictured) has resigned and apologized to the Lebanese people for failing

Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad (pictured) has resigned and apologized to the Lebanese people for failing

Protesters even temporarily occupied the State Department building before being evicted by the army after three hours.

The economy and energy ministries were also stormed by demonstrators this weekend, waving noose.

The chief of Lebanon's Maronite Church Patriarch Beshara Rai joined the chorus of angry voices and said the explosion could "be described as a crime against humanity".

And today the first Lebanese minister resigned from the government in response to public outcry.

Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad left office and apologized to the Lebanese people for failing.

Today people drive past damaged cars in a neighborhood near the site of the explosion

Today people drive past damaged cars in a neighborhood near the site of the explosion

A car drives past the explosion site earlier today. Up to 6,000 people were injured in the explosion

A car drives past the explosion site earlier today. Up to 6,000 people were injured in the explosion

Local media are suggesting more ministers will step down as well, but the government will wait to see how many staff leave before possibly announcing their own resignation.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Saturday that he would propose early elections to overcome the impasse that plunges Lebanon deeper and deeper into political and economic crisis.

In a televised address he said: "We cannot end the country's structural crisis without holding early parliamentary elections."

In the meantime, French President Emmanuel Macron has chaired a UN return conference to rally aid to Lebanon, declaring that the men of the world are responding "quickly and effectively" to the disaster.

From the Ottoman Empire to today: What went wrong in Lebanon?

1516-1918 – Lebanon was part of the vast Ottoman Empire that comprised ancient Persia, the Mediterranean and the Balkans.

1920 – After the First World War, the League of Nations gives France the mandate for Lebanon and Syria, while the empire is separated.

The mandate system was to be different from colonialism, with the governing country acting as trustee until the residents were considered eligible for self-government. At that point the mandate would end and an independent state would emerge.

1943 – France agrees to transfer power to the Lebanese government on January 1st after protests for self-determination.

1948 – Thousands of Palestinian refugees come to Lebanon after the Arab-Israeli war and the establishment of Israel in southern Lebanon.

1958 – Tensions between Maronite Christians and Muslims lead to civil war and President Camille Chamoune calls on the US to send troops to safeguard Lebanon's independence.

1967 – The Palestinians use Lebanon as a base for attacks against Israel as another wave of Palestinians arrives after the outbreak of the Six Day War.

1968 – Beirut airport is attacked by Israel in retaliation for alleged Lebanese support for Palestinian terrorists. The strikes last six years.

1975 – Political Christian extremists ambush a bus in Beirut and kill 27 of its passengers. These clashes sparked civil war.

1976 – After the fighting across the country, President Suleiman Franjieh calls Syrian troops. The Syrians are on the side of the Maronite Christians and are trying to control the Palestinians.

Later that year, an Arab summit in Riyadh sets up the Syria-led Arab deterrent force to maintain peace between Muslim and Christian forces.

1978 – The Palestine Liberation Organization attacks an Israeli bus, kills 34 and causes Israel to invade and occupy southern Lebanon. The UN Security Council calls on Israel to withdraw, but they hand over power to the Christian militia.

1981 – The US is negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and the PLO, but this only applies to Lebanon. The PLO continues to attack Israel from Jordan and the West Bank.

1982 – Israel launches air strikes on Beirut. The PLO launched counterattacks from southern Lebanon and prompted the UN Security Council to issue a resolution calling on all sides to adopt a ceasefire. The next day, Israel invades Lebanon.

1983 – Israel agrees to withdraw from Lebanon on condition that Syria does the same but Damascus refuses. The Israelis eventually withdraw into a buffer zone.

1984 – The US forces are leaving Lebanon and the faction conflict will intensify over the next five years.

1987 – Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami is assassinated and Salim al-Huss becomes acting Prime Minister.

1988 – The outgoing President Amine Gemayel will appoint a provisional military government under the Maronite Commander-in-Chief Michel Aoun in East Beirut if the presidential elections do not produce a successor.

It is leaving the country with two rival governments, the other being the Syria-backed government of Prime Minister Selim el-Hoss in West Beirut.

1989 – Aoun starts a war of liberation against the Syrian occupation and the rival militia. The Taif Agreement is being negotiated and marks the first steps towards ending the civil war.

1990 – Syrian forces defeat Aoun and force him to seek refuge in the French embassy in Beirut.

1991 – The National Assembly orders the dissolution of all militias with the exception of the powerful Shiite group Hezbollah. The South Lebanon Army (SLA) is refusing to disband. Amnesty is granted for certain crimes.

1993 – In an attempt to fight Hezbollah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of the Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC).

2000 – Israel releases 13 Lebanese prisoners who have been held without trial for more than 10 years, and withdraws its troops from southern Lebanon after 17 years of occupation. Hariri returns as Prime Minister in October.

2004 – The UN Security Council passes a resolution calling on foreign troops to leave Lebanon. Prime Minister Rafik Hariri resigns after parliament votes to extend Lahoud's term as president by three years.

2005 – Rafik Hariri is killed by a car bomb in Beirut. The attack triggers anti-Syrian rallies. Demands on Syria to withdraw its troops will be stepped up until its forces leave in April. The murder of anti-Syrian personalities becomes a feature of political life.

An anti-Syrian alliance led by Saad Hariri, the son of the murdered prime minister, wins control of parliament in elections. Hariri ally Fouad Siniora becomes prime minister.

2006 – Israel attacks after Hezbollah kidnaps two Israeli soldiers. The civilian casualties are high and the damage to civilian infrastructure is extensive in the 34-day war. UN peacekeeping forces are deployed along the southern border.

2007 – Siege of the Palestinian refugee camp Nahr al-Bared after clashes between militant Islamists and the military. More than 300 people die and 40,000 residents flee before the army takes control of the camp.

2008 – Lebanon establishes diplomatic relations with Syria for the first time since the two countries gained independence in the 1940s.

2009 June – The March 14th pro-Western alliance wins parliamentary elections and Saad Hariri forms a unity government.

2011 January – The government collapses after Hezbollah and Allied ministers resign.

2012 – The Syrian conflict that began in March 2011 spreads to Lebanon following deadly clashes between Sunni Muslims and Alawis in Tripoli and Beirut.

The United Nations commends Lebanese families for taking in more than a third of the 160,000 Syrian refugees streamed into the country.

2013 – The European Union lists the Hezbollah military wing as a terrorist organization. This makes it illegal for Hezbollah sympathizers in Europe to send the group money and allows the group assets to be frozen there.

2020 January – Mass protests against economic stagnation and corruption overthrow the government of Saad Hariri, whose successor is the academic Hassan Diab.

2020 June Protests continue after the currency's value plummeted and the effects of the Cvoid-19 lockdown are driving half the population into poverty.

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