Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 28 September 2020

Amal and George Clooney donate $100,000 to Lebanese charities

'We're both deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they've faced in the last few days,' the couple said in a statement

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles. Clooney’s foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children. The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new partnership Monday, July 31, 2017, with Google, HP and UNICEF to provide education for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles. Clooney’s foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children. The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new partnership Monday, July 31, 2017, with Google, HP and UNICEF to provide education for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

George and Amal Clooney have donated $100,000 (Dh367,000) to three charities in support of those affected by the devastating blast in Beirut.

"We're both deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they've faced in the last few days," the couple said in a statement to People.

"Three charitable organisations we've found are providing essential relief on the ground: the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Baytna Baytak."

At least 154 people were killed and thousands more injured in the explosions, which also caused an estimated $15 billion (Dh55.1bn) in damages.

The country has declared a state of emergency.

Amal is a Lebanese-British human rights barrister, and was born in Beirut.

Her family left Lebanon for England when she was two years old due to the Lebanese Civil War.

Over the last few days, celebrities have taking to social media to show support for the victims with some asking their followers to make donations towards rescue and recovery efforts in the country.

Harry Styles tweeted that he was "heartbroken" by Tuesday’s tragedy in Lebanon.

"Thinking of all those affected and sending love to everyone in Beirut," he said, asking his followers to donate if they could.

"My heart, strength and condolences are with Lebanon and everyone affected by this tragedy," Ariana Grande tweeted Tuesday, directing followers to support two disaster relief organisations.

Mohamed Hadid wrote: "I cry for you. My brothers and sisters may God bless you and heal you. There is not enough tears to ease your pain."

Model Naomi Campbell shared a photo of the city, writing: "My thoughts, prayers and love go out to the people of Lebanon and their families."

DJ Khaled asked for people to "pray for Lebanon" in an Instagram post:

Updated: August 8, 2020 10:24 AM

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