Egypt to seek ways to assist Lebanon after deadly blast: Foreign Ministry



Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 12:01 GMT


Wed, 05 Aug 2020 - 12:01 GMT

FILE - Egyptian Foreign Ministry

FILE - Egyptian Foreign Ministry

CAIRO – 5 August 2020: Egypt’s Foreign Ministry has voiced deep concerns over the explosion in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut, which has reportedly killed at least 100 people and injured at least 4,000 others.


The ministry affirmed that “Egypt is following up on this update with total concern and is making the necessary contacts to know about the details of the matter and discuss how to assist sisterly Lebanon in this critical circumstance”.


The horrible explosion, which has been easily recorded by many citizens, was caused by a fire in a warehouse that housed an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.


Egyptian Ambassador to Beirut Yasser Elwy communicated on Wednesday with a number of Lebanese officials to follow up on the aftermath of the deadly explosion.


Elwy also extended the condolences of the Egyptian people over the victims of the accident, stressing the full Egyptian solidarity with the brotherly Lebanese people in this hard situation.


During the contacts, the ambassador reviewed the activities of the Egyptian field hospital in Beirut, which already started yesterday to receive a large number of injured people.


Governor of Beirut, Marwan Abboud, told the AFP that the damage from the port blast has extended over half of the city, with the cost of damage likely above $3 billion.


He has also upped his previous estimate of the number of “homeless” to 300,000, which is close to the total population of the central part of the capital.



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