Support, condolences offered to Lebanon after deadly Beirut explosions

Smoke rises from an explosion site at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 4, 2020. The two huge explosions that rocked Lebanon’s capital Beirut on Tuesday left dozens dead and injured, al-Jadeed TV channel reported. (Xinhua/Bilal Jawich)

Countries around the world have been paying tribute to victims of two deadly blasts in Beirut on Tuesday and sending offers of assistance to Lebanon, a country already reeling from the effects of overlapping crises before disaster struck its capital.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his country stood ready to provide any support it could to help.

”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”,Boris tweeted

Both Iran and Israel say they are ready to send supplies, while Gulf nations including Qatar and Kuwait say they would dispense emergency medical aid.

Iran’s top diplomat expressed Tehran’s support for the “resilient” people of Lebanon after the blasts.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

“As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary,” he said. “Stay strong, Lebanon.”

Elsewhere in Africa,Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta also joined in message of solidarity and encouragement to President Michel Aoun and the People of the Lebanese saying :

”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.

“My thoughts and heart are with people in Beirut, Lebanon, who lost loved ones or were injured in the explosion this afternoon,” World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted Tuesday, expressing his support for a country already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic among other crises.
The WHO’s director-general added that his organization “stands ready to support the government and healthworkers in saving lives”

Lebanon, a country of around 4.5 million people has been disproportionately affected by the war in neighbouring Syria with an influx of an estimated 1.5 million refugees.