Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon yesterday witnessed a massive explosion that has till now killed at least 70 people and injured more than 4,000 others, reported BBC. The exact reason of this devastating incident at the city’s port hasn’t been determined yet, but the state officials are assuming that the explosion happened due to the storage of highly explosive materials in a warehouse for over 6 years. An investigation into the matter is underway and rescue operations have commenced.
The internet is currently flooded with distressing visuals from the blast.
— علی عبداللہ سندھو (@AliAbdullah1205) August 5, 2020
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— Stonie Homie (@HomieStonie) August 5, 2020
However, one video that caught our attention was of a father trying his best to save his child from the explosion.
A father doing his absolute best to protect his son from the explosion in Beirut..
Pray for Lebanon 💔pic.twitter.com/c1Sfm8zvTs
— 2020 Predictions (@2020concepts) August 4, 2020
In the footage captured on CCTV, the terrified dad can be seen carrying his son in his arms, helplessly running across the room, trying every possible way to safeguard him from being hurt.
People online were in tears on watching the heart-rending video:
I can’t imagine the distress of being trapped knowing death could be right around your corner, struggling to find a way to protect your child. Prayers for this man and the people of Lebanon
— COG (@CartoonOGiF) August 4, 2020
Now that is a man. i hope he and is family survive.
— Zealot of The Dark Dimension (@Technovor2) August 4, 2020
That poor man thought that might be the last time he ever gets to hold his son. He didn't ask for this shit. It's just a stark reminder that this man and his son are not alone, and while this explosion may not have been nefariously caused, and may have just been an accident…
— A Shogun Named David (@TheDavidBroido) August 4, 2020
This is so heartbreaking. I hope they are okay.
What can we do to help?
— Mimi⁷💜✊🏾 (@mireillawinters) August 4, 2020
This brought tears to my eyes. Bless father for protecting his youngster 😥❤ pic.twitter.com/zwg8wNbqPz
— RoBerto🌴🌈🌴 (@SunzhineDude) August 4, 2020
This is heart rending….
Truly sad for a father to deal with that kind of emotion, no one deserves that.
Our Prayers are with the residents of Beirut.
— Diganga (@pockso11) August 4, 2020
the kid must be having a trauma, deepest condolence for everyone there who might be victims from this explosion. my prayers and thoughts always with them 😭💔
— laura (@brightbluewin) August 4, 2020
I can’t imagine… He did what any good dad would do, console his son then cover him with himself!! Something a parent should NEVER have to do regardless….so sad..😞
— Brandon Cavins (@ralekbc) August 4, 2020
Good Father always play the Hero part to his family, He represented one during this challenging time….
I hope they both survive the blast
— °¶ ¢ Pràīsë ® † © (@OJ_IBUKUN) August 4, 2020
I’m crying ya Allah this so heartbreaking
— ∞⁷ (@0yerim) August 4, 2020
This hit me hard. I started sobbing immediately. This is crushing
— grozzian (@grozzian) August 4, 2020
In another video, a lady can be seen doing the same for the child playing in the balcony.
This too pic.twitter.com/KptwBZTrZt
— Sore 🦄 (@disuatusore) August 5, 2020
Following the blast, Lebanese President Michel Aoun declared a three-day mourning period and announced the release of emergency funds. As of now, the nearby hospitals are over-capacitated by injured people.
My heart hurts watching the parents protecting their kids from the adverse situation. Our prayers are with them and all the people of Lebanon.