Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/LEBANON – Patriarch Rai: “mysterious explosion” in Beirut. We ask everyone for help
Beirut – “Beirut, the bride of the East, Beirut, the lighthouse of the West, is wounded”. It is a “devastated city”, reduced to “a scenario of war without war”. Thus begins the appeal launched by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai “to the States of the world”, after the “mysterious explosion” which took place on Tuesday 4 August in the port of the Lebanese capital, with a provisional toll of more than one hundred dead and thousands injured.