China News Agency, Berlin, August 7 (Reporter Peng Dawei) The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on the 6th that a staff member of the German Embassy in Lebanon was killed in a big explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon on the 4th. At present, Germany has provided Lebanon with medical supplies and emergency assistance of one million euros, and sent a 50-person search and rescue team. The Bundeswehr has also sent medical teams and warships to Lebanon to provide support.
According to the statistics of the Lebanese government, the explosion in Beirut, the capital of the country, on the 4th caused at least 130 deaths and nearly 5,000 injuries. Lebanese Prime Minister Diab declared the 5th as a national day of mourning and called on the international community to provide assistance.
On the evening of August 4, local time, a violent explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, Lebanon. The port area is very close to downtown Beirut. The explosion affected nearly half of Beirut's city. Many buildings were damaged and old buildings collapsed.
German Foreign Minister Maas confirmed on the 6th that the explosion caused the death of a female employee of the German Embassy in Lebanon at her residence. On behalf of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Government, he expressed his condolences to all employees of the country's embassy in Lebanon. He also thanked all those who, like the embassy employee who tragically passed away, took great personal risks to work for Germany worldwide.
According to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, another German diplomat was seriously injured in the explosion and is currently hospitalized in a local hospital. He is expected to be sent back to Germany on the 6th.
The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on the same day that it had provided the first emergency aid and medical supplies of one million euros to the emergency station in Beirut. In the next few days, a German Red Cross plane will travel to Beirut with protective clothing, medicines and dressing materials.
The German Technical Rescue Agency dispatched a 50-person search and rescue team to Beirut. Also accompanied by doctors and dangerous goods experts from the German rescue organization Isar Germany. The Bundeswehr has also dispatched medical teams and warships to the local area for support. (Finish)