International reactions are multiplying after the explosions that hit the port of Beirut on Tuesday, August 4, whose death toll continues to increase. The outstretched hands multiplied long before the appeal for help launched by Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab to "friendly countries".
"I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which caused so many victims and damage this evening in Beirut. France stands alongside Lebanon. Always," French President Emmanuel Macron reacted on Twitter.
I express my fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which caused so many victims and damage this evening in Beirut. France stands alongside Lebanon. Always. French aid and resources are being delivered to the site.- Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 4, 2020
"French aid and resources are being dispatched on the spot", added the President of the Republic, shortly after a first reaction from the Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian. "While Beirut has just been hit hard by explosions, France offers its condolences to the families of the victims and wishes a speedy recovery to the many injured", reacted Jean-Yves Le Drian, in a tweet.
The UK and Israel have also offered assistance to Cedar Country. The United States has indicated that it is monitoring developments
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also spoken out saying Britain stands ready to provide aid to Beirut.
The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected.- Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 4, 2020
Iran expresses "thoughts and prayers"
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his country's support for the "resilient" people of Lebanon.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon," the Iranian minister tweeted. "As always, Iran is fully available to provide assistance in any way necessary," he said. he said, calling on Lebanon to "stay strong".
Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon.
As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary.
Stay strong, Lebanon.
Israel denies involvement and offers assistance
As rumors and disinformation blamed Israel for the detonations in the port of Beirut, an Israeli official speaking on condition of anonymity assured that Israel had "nothing to do with this incident".
In a joint statement between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gabi Ashkenazi, and the Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, the latter affirmed that Israel had approached Lebanon to "offer the Lebanese medical and humanitarian assistance".
בהנחיית שר הביטחון בני גנץ ושר החוץ גבי אשכנזי, פנתה ישראל ללבנון דרך גורמים ביטחוניים ומדינים בינלאומיים והציעה לממשלת לבנון סיוע רפואי.- בני גנץ - Benny Gantz (@gantzbe) August 4, 2020
The United States has said it is monitoring the situation closely and the US State Department stands ready to offer any necessary assistance to the Lebanese.
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