Two-year-old boy named as Aussie victim of Beirut blast

The Australian victim of the Lebanon chemical explosion has been identified as a two-year-old boy.

Isaac Oehlers was among the 157 people killed when more than 2000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded at a port in the capital Beirut.

The chemicals had been stored in a warehouse at the port after being seized from a ship in 2013.


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The blast has left an estimated 300,000 people homeless.

The toddler from Western Australia is understood to have been with his mother while she was working in the city.

His family has released a statement expressing their grief.

“We are heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of our beautiful boy following the disaster in Beirut,” the 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.”

Image: Supplied

 

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