On August 4th the Lebanese capital Beirut was hit by a man made disaster. An explosion so devastating great swathes of the city were destroyed. In this strange mid-pandemic world deploying to a disaster isn’t as straight forward as it used to be 2 flights and 2 covid-19 tests in 24 hours and I was finally there to join the gathering team. This was the first major foreign deployment since the pandemic started and we were all feeling our way through it.
The BBC Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman had wanted to cover this story for some time and I was lucky enough to be in Jerusalem on the tail end of one of last year’s many elections when the time came to go visit the Gharib family. Sa’adat built his home on what was then Palestinian land four decades ago and since that time the encroaching Israeli settlement nearby has literally enveloped the house.