Australian Beirut explosion victim identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers
The Australian victim of the Beirut explosion has been identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers.
- Two-year-old Isaac’s family say they are heartbroken by their loss
- Meanwhile, the death toll rises to 158, with dozens still missing
- The explosion was the biggest in Lebanon’s history and caused billions of dollars damage
His family has issued a statement on their loss following the disaster which killed 158 people, injured 5,000 and destroyed much of the Mediterranean city on Tuesday.
“We are heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of our beautiful boy following the disaster in Beirut,” Isaac’s family said.
“Isaac was two and will be deeply missed by family and friends
“The family would like to thank everyone who has offered comfort and support to us, and would like to express our condolences to everyone in Lebanon who is suffering from this devastating tragedy.
“We request that the media respects our privacy at this difficult time.”
Death toll rising
The explosion of thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate stored at the Beirut port, apparently set off by a fire, was the biggest in Lebanon’s history and caused billions of dollars worth of damage, according to Beirut’s Governor. It also left hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
The death toll from the catastrophic explosion has rose to 158, the Lebanese health ministry media office said on Saturday (local time).
The number of people injured exceeds 6,000 and 21 are still reported missing.