Marwan Abboud, the governor of Beirut, was interviewed by Sky News Arabia TV (UAE) amid the wreckage at the scene of the August 4, 2020 explosion in the Port of Beirut. Governor Abboud, who began to cry, said that the scene was reminiscent of the aftermath of the nuclear attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He said that this is a national catastrophe and that he does not know how Lebanon will emerge from it considering the difficult times it is suffering. Governor Abboud started to cry, and he called upon the Lebanese people to unite, saying: "We are strong, and we should stay strong."
Marwan Abboud: "This is reminiscent of what happened in Japan, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is what it reminds me of. Never in my life have I seen destruction of such magnitude. This is a national catastrophe. This is a tragedy for [all of] Lebanon. I don't know how we will emerge from it. During these [difficult] times, we have hardly been sure how to move forward, and then this catastrophe happened. We want to remain strong, composed, and courageous, but the Lebanese people have been through a lot…"
Interviewer: "Mr. Governor, who do you appeal to? Naturally, you need all the help you can get now."
Abboud: "I call upon the Lebanese people to unite. We are strong and we should stay strong."
Interviewer: "What is the initial information?"
Abboud: "I have no information. All I know is the tragedy I see before my eyes."