The Indian Express reported today that some 44,000 Lebanese residence signed a petition calling for France, who controlled Lebanon from the end of World War I until 1945, to retake control of the country.
"I will go to Beirut tomorrow to meet the Lebanese people to bring them the message of fraternity and solidarity of the French".
President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter during a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, on August 3, 2020.
The explosion in Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000, according to George Kettaneh, an official with the Lebanese Red Cross.
"It is serious, and we take it seriously", Wehbe said. However, President Michel Aoun said an investigation into the blast would reveal the circumstances of what happened as soon as possible and that the results would be publicly shared.
The hangar at Beirut port where the explosion occurred stored some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, a hazardous material, for six years.
Two Lebanese officials- Lebanon's ambassador to Jordan Tracy Chamoun, and lawmaker Marwan Hamadeh-have resigned since Tuesday's blast killed almost 150 people and wounded thousands and destroyed entire districts of the capital.
Some said that the ammonium nitrate was left inside a portside warehouse for several years after a ship was abandoned.
Meanwhile, a petition to put Lebanon under a French mandate has garnered more than 50,000 signatures in 24 hours.
The cause of the blast was not immediately known, but initial reports suggested a fire had detonated a warehouse at the port.
The Lebanese government has declared a two-week state of emergency, effectively giving the military full powers.
Residents of the Middle Eastern Country have told Walid Chahal it's like "Hiroshima in Lebanon".