World Offers Support to Lebanon After Beirut Blast

  • Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said this Wednesday that the country is experiencing "a real catastrophe."
  • The leaders of the EU offered their condolences and material support.
  • The presidents of France, Russia, Turkey, and elsewhere also pledged help.

Pope Francis has today asked the international community to step in and help Lebanon overcome the serious crisis caused by Tuesday’s explosions. The same plea for help was made by the Lebanese government, and several countries have already responded to the calls for help.

On the evening of 4 August 2020, at 18:08 EEST, multiple explosions occurred in the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon. The main explosion was linked to approximately 2,750 tonnes (3,030 short tons) of ammonium nitrate that had been confiscated by the government from an abandoned ship and stored in the port without proper safety measures for the previous six years.

Pope Francis asked the faithful:

“Let us pray for the victims, for their families; and let us pray for Lebanon so that, through the dedication of all its social, political and religious elements, it might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing,”

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said this Wednesday that the country is experiencing “a real catastrophe,” and has again called for help from all countries and friends after yesterday’s explosions in the capital’s port, Beirut.

In a brief televised speech, the Prime minister reiterated his promise to find and punish those responsible for the two explosions that left at least 100 people dead and more than 4,000 injured.

In reaction, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, wrote on Twitter:

“The European Union expresses its full solidarity and full support for the families of the victims, the Lebanese people and authorities following the violent explosions that hit Beirut on this day.”

European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, added that Brussels is already in contact with Beirut to send the necessary assistance after the explosions. The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, reiterated the EU’s preparation to provide assistance and support.

The French Government on it’s part commited that it will send two military transport planes to Lebanon with Civil Protection teams and material with emergency aid. Also From France, doctors and nurses specializing in emergency situations will also be availed in the nation to reinforce hospitals and local teams.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted:

“I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which claimed so many victims and damages this evening in Beirut. France stands alongside Lebanon. Always. French aid and resources are being transported there.”

Hassan Diab is a Lebanese engineer and academic who since 21 January 2020 has been serving as the Prime Minister of Lebanon after the formation of a cabinet, having been appointed to the position by President Michel Aoun. Prior to his prime ministership, Diab served as the Lebanese Minister of Education from 2011 to 2014, under President Michel Suleiman.

Moscow has, on its part, announced the dispatch of five emergency cargo planes to Beirut. The Russian Minister for Emergency Situations specified that medical personnel will also be followed and field hospitals and a laboratory for testing the new coronavirus will be set up.

Jordan is set to send a field hospital and medical relief teams. Previously, Egypt initiated the installation of another field hospital to receive the victims of the explosion who need urgent treatment.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also declared support on Twitter for Lebanon the Lebanese brothers, as Iran and Greece have already done.

Beirut residents woke up to a scenario of total devastation yesterday. The smoke columns were still visible in the port. The main streets in the city center were littered with debris, damaged vehicles and the facades of buildings were completely destroyed, according to an Associated Press report.

In hospitals, all over the city, thousands of people stayed all night waiting for news from their family members who had disappeared or been injured. There are also several reports on social media of requests for help in finding family members.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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