The tiniest victim of Beirut blast: Girl, 3, dies of her injuries following ...

Perched on top of her father's shoulders as she waves her country's flag, little Alexandra Naggear beams happily.

But yesterday the three-year-old was revealed as the latest victim of the horrific blast that shattered Beirut, dying from her injuries in hospital three days later.

When a fire started at the city's port last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise flat to watch the blaze with her parents.

Minutes later the first explosion hit – and her mother Tracy, 33, picked her up, running away from the glass screaming, trying to shield her.

But when the second major blast struck a few seconds later, the impact of the explosion ripped Alexandra out of her mother's arms.

Proud: Alexandra Naggear sitting on her father Paul’s shoulders. The three-year-old was revealed as the latest victim of the horrific blast that shattered Beirut, dying from her injuries in hospital three days later

Proud: Alexandra Naggear sitting on her father Paul's shoulders. The three-year-old was revealed as the latest victim of the horrific blast that shattered Beirut, dying from her injuries in hospital three days later

Alexandra pictured with her parents, Tracy and Paul Naggear. When a fire started at the city’s port last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise flat to watch the blaze with her parents

Alexandra pictured with her parents, Tracy and Paul Naggear. When a fire started at the city's port last Tuesday, Alexandra rushed to the window of her high-rise flat to watch the blaze with her parents

At least 158 died when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse went up in flames

At least 158 died when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse went up in flames

It took several minutes for her parents to dig her out from under the rubble, her grandfather Michel Awwad, 60, told the Daily Mail last night.

'They were on the balcony just watching like most people,' he said. 'My daughter said she saw a huge grey object falling from the sky and she started screaming for them to run inside.

'She was trying to cover Alexandra, she was holding her daughter and trying to cover her.

'But the pressure of the explosion was so intense and she couldn't keep hold of her and they flew inside the house.'

Mr Awwad said he thought the child hit her head on a piano or a door. Alexandra's parents rushed her to the nearest hospital on a motorbike but could not get in as the building had been hit, and had to find another.

Mr Awwad said: 'I got through to Tracy, she was screaming on the phone, telling me I think we have lost Alexandra. She was a very smart girl, it's so sad it ended like this.'

Three-year-old Alexandra was killed when she was watching the first explosion on the balcony with her mother

Three-year-old Alexandra was killed when she was watching the first explosion on the balcony with her mother 

Alexandra's father Paul, 36, said she was 'not a martyr, she is a victim'. In a TV interview, Mr Naggear, who owns a digital marketing and consultancy business, told the government: 'You killed us inside our homes. Renounce your parties and unite to overthrow the system'

Alexandra's father Paul, 36, said she was 'not a martyr, she is a victim'. In a TV interview, Mr Naggear, who owns a digital marketing and consultancy business, told the government: 'You killed us inside our homes. Renounce your parties and unite to overthrow the system'

Alexandra and mother Tracy. 'But the pressure of the explosion was so intense and she couldn't keep hold of her and they flew inside the house,' her grandfather Michel Awwad, 60, said

Alexandra and mother Tracy. 'But the pressure of the explosion was so intense and she couldn't keep hold of her and they flew inside the house,' her grandfather Michel Awwad, 60, said

Lebanese anti-government protesters clash with security forces in the area close to the parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, 09 August

Lebanese anti-government protesters clash with security forces in the area close to the parliament in Beirut, Lebanon, 09 August

Demonstrators take part in a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon August 9

Demonstrators take part in a protest following Tuesday's blast, in Beirut, Lebanon August 9

His daughter suffered broken ribs and needed more than a dozen stitches to her face.

At least 158 died when 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse went up in flames.

The revelation comes as:

World leaders pledged more than 250 million euros to rebuild Beirut after the port blast The United Nations said some $117 million will be needed for an emergency response over the next three months At least 21 people are still missing following the blast, and the Lebanese army said hopes of finding survivors are dwindling  Furious protesters have threatened further violence after a night of street clashes in Lebanon which saw demonstrators storm several ministries Protesters's anger has re-ignited calls from demonstrations last year calling for the wholesale removal of Lebanon's leadership

Alexandra's father Paul, 36, said she was 'not a martyr, she is a victim'. In a TV interview, Mr Naggear, who owns a digital marketing and consultancy business, told the government: 'You killed us inside our homes. Renounce your parties and unite to overthrow the system.'

The Lebanese government has faced widescale protests since last year, fuelled by an economic crisis and a collapsing currency.

A picture shows the scene of the explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020

A picture shows the scene of the explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020

Thousands of protesters took to the streets at the weekend, storming ministries. Police fired tear gas and the sound of gunfire could be heard from Martyrs' Square in the city centre. At least 728 people were injured in the clashes.

Lebanese PM Hassan Diab said that he would ask for early elections as a way out of the 'structural crisis'. Information minister Manal Abdel Samad resigned yesterday.

Alexandra's grandfather said he had lived through the civil war but had now given up hope.

He said: 'I have seen tragedies in Lebanon since 1975. Every time we say it will get better. I don't believe this anymore.

'This country is run by war criminals. This time people are fed up, some want to stay and fight but the majority who have the chance to leave will leave.'

An investigation continues as to the cause of the fire. The explosive material had been seized from a ship six years ago but was never moved. Experts claimed the blast had the power of a magnitude 3.3 earthquake and the crater left is 140ft deep. 

On Sunday world leaders pledged more than 250 million euros to rebuild Beirut after the  port blast in the Lebanese capital. 

Fifteen government leaders, including Donald took part in a conference call hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN. 

The donor nations also urged Lebanon to 'fully commit themselves to timely measures and reforms' in order to unlock longer-term support for the country's economic and financial recovery.

And they said assistance for 'an impartial, credible and independent inquiry' into Tuesday's explosion 'is immediately needed and available, upon request of Lebanon.' 

Demonstrators hold candles and flashlights honouring the victims of the deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 9

Demonstrators hold candles and flashlights honouring the victims of the deadly explosion at Beirut port which devastated large parts of the capital, in Beirut, Lebanon, August 9

Emmanuel Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate which killed more than 150 people, wounded some 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless

Emmanuel Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate which killed more than 150 people, wounded some 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless

A joint statement issued after the meeting in which representatives of nearly 30 countries as well as the EU and Arab League participated, did not mention a global amount.

But Macron's office said the total figure of 'emergency aid pledged or that can be mobilised quickly' amounts to 252.7 million euros ($298 millon), including 30 million euros from France.

Boris Johnson tells Lebanese president the UK will 'stand by the country in its hour of need' 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told Lebanon's president Michel Aoun the UK will 'stand by the country in its hour of need' after the devastating explosion in Beirut's port, Downing Street said.

A No 10 spokesman said: 'The Prime Minister spoke to President Aoun of Lebanon this morning to convey the UK's deepest sympathies to the Lebanese people following Tuesday's devastating explosion. He also passed on the sincere condolences of Her Majesty the Queen.

'The Prime Minister reiterated the UK's long-standing friendship with Lebanon and commitment to stand by the country in its hour of need.

'The two leaders discussed the urgent humanitarian, medical and reconstruction needs following the blast at Beirut Port and President Aoun thanked the UK for the support provided to date, including the release of £5million in emergency funding and deployment of HMS Enterprise.

'With Lebanon facing threats from a financial crisis, coronavirus and the effects of this tragic blast, they agreed to work with international partners to ensure the country's long-term recovery and rehabilitation.' 

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Macron was the first world leader to visit the former French colony after Tuesday's devastating explosion of a huge stockpile of ammonium nitrate which killed more than 150 people, wounded some 6,000 and left an estimated 300,000 homeless.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told ZDF broadcaster that 'more than 200 million euros of emergency aid have been collected,' including 20 million euros from Germany. 

The joint statement from the world leaders and their representatives underscored concerns about Lebanese government corruption.

'The participants agreed that their assistance should be timely, sufficient and consistent with the needs of the Lebanese people, well-coordinated under the leadership of the United Nations, and directly delivered to the Lebanese population, with utmost efficiency and transparency,' it said.

USAID acting administrator John Barsa also said in a conference call Sunday that American help, some $15 million announced so far, 'is absolutely not going to the government.' 

The UN said some $117 million will be needed for an emergency response over the next three months, for health services, emergency shelter, food distribution and programmes to prevent further spread of COVID-19, among other interventions.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, who was also on Sunday's group call, thanked Macron for the initiative.

'Much is needed to rebuild what has been destroyed and to restore Beirut's lustre,' the Lebanese presidency quoted him on Twitter as saying.

'The needs are many and we need to address them quickly, especially before the arrival of winter, which will accentuate the suffering of homeless citizens.' 

At least 21 people are still missing from the huge blast, and the Lebanese army said Sunday hopes of finding survivors are dwindling.

Lebanese people enraged by official negligence blamed for the explosion have taken to the streets in anti-government protests that have resulted in clashes with the army.

Macron said it was now up to the authorities of Lebanon 'to act so that the country does not sink, and to respond to the aspirations that the Lebanese people are expressing right now, legitimately, in the streets of Beirut.'

Fifteen government leaders, including Donald Trump took part in a conference call hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN on Sunday

Fifteen government leaders, including Donald took part in a conference call hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron and the UN on Sunday

'We must all work together to ensure that neither violence nor chaos prevails,' he added. 'It is the future of Lebanon that is at stake.'

also called for calm, according to the White House, which said he agreed with other leaders on the group call to 'work closely together in international response efforts.'

'President also urged the government of Lebanon to conduct a full and transparent investigation, in which the United States stands ready to assist,' it said.

'The President called for calm in Lebanon and acknowledged the legitimate calls of peaceful protestors for transparency, reform, and accountability.' 

Apart from heads of state and government ministers, Sunday's conference was attended by UN aid coordinator Mark Lowcock, representatives of the World Bank, the Red Cross, the IMF, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Israel, with whom Lebanon has no diplomatic relations, did not participate, though Macron said it had expressed a wish to contribute, nor did Iran which wields huge influence in Lebanon through the Shiite group Hezbollah.

Warehouses full of goods including cars in the immediate area surround the blast were completely destroyed by the impact of the explosion the size of a small nuclear bomb

Warehouses full of goods including cars in the immediate area surround the blast were completely destroyed by the impact of the explosion the size of a small nuclear bomb

Damaged cars are seen at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 7

Damaged cars are seen at the site of Tuesday's blast, at Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 7

Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France's leader (pictured hugging a resident) comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France's own heart

Visiting explosion-ravaged Beirut this week, France's leader (pictured hugging a resident) comforted distraught crowds, promised to rebuild the city and claimed that the blast pierced France's own heart

Key Arab states in the Gulf, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq and the UAE were represented, as were Britain, China, Jordan and Egypt.

Macron said Turkey, with which France's diplomatic ties have been icy over the Libyan conflict, and

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