Pres­i­dent Aoun Urges Coun­tries to Help Le­banon After Deadly Ex­plo­sions

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Le­banese Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun urged on Wed­nes­day all friendly coun­tries to help Le­banon over­come the reper­cus­sions of the dis­as­trous ex­plo­sions.

“I want to thank all lead­ers of coun­tries who called us to of­fer their sup­port. I urge our friends all over the world to help Le­banon in­clud­ing its hospi­tals to en­able them to treat in­jured peo­ple in ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing fam­i­lies who lost their houses and help­ing in re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the build­ings that were dam­aged by the ex­plo­sions,” Mr Aoun said.

The ex­plo­sions in Le­banese cap­i­tal Beirut have caused at least 100 deaths and left more than 4000 in­jured.

Mr Aoun said that Le­banon was suf­fer­ing from an un­prece­dented eco­nomic cri­sis and the coun­try was in ur­gent need for sup­port in all fields to over­come the cur­rent dis­as­ter. Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Has­san Diab of­fered his con­do­lences for the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims. Mr Diab also urged po­lit­i­cal par­ties to stop po­lit­i­cal bick­er­ing and join the ef­forts to over­come the cri­sis.

“Peo­ple do not need po­lit­i­cal clashes for the time be­ing. We need to work to­gether to get over this cri­sis and com­pen­sate for the losses in­flicted upon this city by the ex­plo­sions,” he said. The causes of the blasts re­main un­known, but pri­mary in­for­ma­tion re­veals that am­mo­nium ni­trate stored in a ware­house in Beirut’s port for six years may have caused the ex­plo­sions in Beirut.

The ex­plo­sion flat­tened much of the Beirut port, dam­ag­ing build­ings across the cap­i­tal and send­ing a gi­ant mush­room cloud into the sky.

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