Uhuru joins world leaders to express solidarity with Lebanon after Beirut blast

 

The aftermath of Tuesday’s explosion/ COURTESY


KENYA’S President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of solidarity and encouragement to President Michel Aoun and the people of the Lebanese republic following yesterday’s devastating blast in Beirut.

Through a statement on State House social media platforms, President Kenyatta expressed Kenya’s sympathy for the Lebanese people and wished them God’s comfort as they come to terms with the regrettable destruction of their iconic capital city.

African Union Chairman and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “We have witnessed the massive explosions that took place in #Beirut yesterday. Our thoughts & prayers are with the people and Government of #Lebanon as they deal with the aftermath of this disaster. We send our deepest condolences to the families that have lost their loved ones.”

AU Commission chairman Moussa Faki tweeted, “Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims following the horrific explosions in #Beirut as well with the people and Government of #Lebanon.”

US President Donald Trump sent “America’s deepest sympathies to the people of Lebanon”, noting that they stand ready to assist.

Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed and Nobel Peace Prize winner said, “Deeply saddened by the tragic explosion in #Beirut. My thoughts and prayers with the people of Lebanon. I encourage Ethiopians living in Beirut to get in touch with the Consulate as you help one another amidst such an ordeal.”

Israel, which was fast to state that it was not involved in any way in the explosion said pursuant to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval of humanitarian and medical assistance to Lebanon, he had has instructed the National Security Council head Ben-Shabbat to speak with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Mladenov clarify how Israel can further assist Lebanon.

Over 4,000 injured, at least 100 killed in Beirut explosion

 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said they were ready to offer assistance.

“The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected.”

Two massive explosions shook the seaport city of Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday evening.

The Guardian live updates indicated more than 4,000 people have been injured in the huge explosions — the Health Ministry in Lebanon put it at 3,000 on Tuesday evening — and at least 100 others killed.

Windows were shattered miles around the explosion.

While the cause of the blasts was not immediately clear, senior officials said flammable materials, stored in a warehouse in the port area had caught fire.

Lebanese Prime Minister on Tuesday said the explosions were caused by an estimated 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured for six years in a warehouse.

The incident began with a small initial explosion that reportedly ignited a fire.

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