Fri, 07 Aug 2020
People evacuate the wounded after Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut (Hassan Ammar/AP)
Fire crews from across Berkshire and Hampshire will observe a minute's silence this afternoon (Friday) to pay their respects to the firefighters and others who lost their lives in Beirut this week.
Ten firefighters are thought to have died in the aftermath of the explosion in the Lebanese capital.
The blast, which many blame on a store of ammonium nitrate in a dockside warehouse at the city's port, has so far claimed more than 150 lives and left thousands more injured.
The minute's silence today will take place at 3pm.
Today at 3pm, our teams will be observing a minute’s silence as a mark of respect to the significant number of people that have lost their lives or were injured in the #Beirut explosion. pic.twitter.com/zZX5j4EYug— Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (@RBFRSofficial) August 7, 2020
At 3pm, stations across Hampshire will be observing a minute's silence to commemorate firefighters and others who tragically lost their lives in Beirut this week.— Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (@Hants_fire) August 7, 2020
Ten firefighters are thought to have lost their lives in the aftermath of the explosion.#OneTeam @NFCC_FireChiefs pic.twitter.com/WMtppP5O3G