Powerful Image Captures Nurse Cradling Three Newborns In Hospital After Beirut Explosion
A nurse in a Beirut hospital has been praised for her bravery and resilience after an image of her holding three newborn babies amidst the aftermath of the explosion was shared online.
In the image, the nurse can be seen holding the newborns while answering phone calls in a hospital "surrounded by dozens of bodies and wounded."
The photo was captured by photographer Bilal Marie Jawish who posted the image on his Facebook page.
It's since gone viral, with thousands of reactions, shares and comments. One person wrote on Twitter: "This is a powerful picture. A nurse, answering calls, holding 3 newborn babies in a hospital full of damage & glass and among dead bodies. This breaks my heart."
Yesterday, a large explosion in the Lebanese capital killed 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others. It took place at around 6pm at the city's port and damaged streets and buildings within a seven kilometre radius.
It was reported that the explosion was so loud it could be heard in Cyprus, 110 miles way from Beirut.
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Officials are blaming the blast on some highly explosives materials that have been stored in a warehouse for six years. An investigation is currently being carried out to understand exactly what happened.
However, in a post on Twitter, Lebanon's president Michael Aoun called it "unacceptable" that tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored without safety measurements.
He vowed that those responsible would face the "harshest punishments" and has also allocated 100 billion lira (£50,717,000) to the emergency response.
The blast has led to Beirut's hospitals being overrun with patients, with medics forced to administer treatment in corridors and car parks.
Other images show hospital beds covered in glass, dust, blood and broken furniture amidst the aftermath of the explosion.
If you can donate to help those in Beirut, please visit the Lebanese Red Cross website.
Featured Image Credit: PA