Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 23 September 2020

Pray for Lebanon: UAE Rulers offer condolences after explosion

Burj Khalifa lights up in tribute to victims of the blast on Tuesday

Rulers of the UAE offered condolences to Lebanon and victims of explosions that rocked Beirut on Tuesday.

The explosions left at least 100 people dead and 4,000 injured in the Lebanese capital.

The blast, felt as far away as the island of Cyprus, shattered windows and caused buildings to collapse in the area as a huge pink-hued mushroom cloud rose into the sky.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, asked God to grant mercy and solace to the people of Lebanon, “the kindest of people”.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, prayed for Lebanon.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our Lebanese brothers and sisters during these trying times,” he said on Twitter. “We pray that God grants you patience and solace. God bless Lebanon and the Lebanese people.”

Dr Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said: "Our hearts are with Beirut and its people."

Burj Khalifa was lit with the Lebanese flag in tribute to Lebanon.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilisers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures.

He appointed a committee to investigate the blast and submit its findings within five days.

Health Minister Hamad Hasan called it "a disaster in every sense of the word".

The explosion was heard as far away as Nicosia on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is 240 kilometres north-west.

Leaders from around the world have offered Lebanon assistance.

Updated: August 5, 2020 12:20 PM

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