A huge explosion rocked the city of Beirut in Lebanon on Tuesday, causing dozens of deaths and decimating important locations in the city, including hospitals, mosques, churches and universities. The ateliers and headquarters of Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab and Maison Rabih Kayrouz are also among those that have been destroyed.
Maison Rabih Kayrouz posted stories on the brand’s official Instagram account, with shattered windows and broken furniture at his atelier. “Our courageous team trying to save what could be saved,” his Instagram story read as a worker picked up clothes from the floor in the video.
Maison Rabih Kayrouz atelier in Beirut, Lebanon
Makeup artist Hala Ajram also shared a video of her store located on Weygand Street, Downtown Beirut that has been destroyed in the blast. “Thank you all for checking on us. We’re all okay,” her Instagram post read. Fine jeweler Ralph Masri’s new boutique located in Downtown Beirut has also reportedly been destroyed.
The explosion has also caused several local businesses to crumble across the city. Local hairdresser Serge Mahdessian’s salon in the Ashrafieh district of Beirut was also decimated. “It was so chaotic, it was like something out of a dream,” Serge said in a statement to CNN.
While the death toll across the country has risen above 100 with more than 4,000 wounded, according to the Lebanese Red Cross, Prime Minister Hasan Diab has launched an investigation into the explosion to identify its cause.