Beirut Blast: Greece Stands Ready to Provide Any Assistance Says PM



Beirut port, before and after the blast. Credit: Twitter / @partisangirl

After the enormous explosion in Beirut on Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis sent his condolences to the Lebanese people and assured them that his country was ready to extend whatever help it could to the perennially war-torn country.

The PM’s Tweet said: “On behalf of the Greek people, I want to express my deepest condolences to the people of Lebanon, especially to the families who have suffered losses, and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded. Our thoughts are with you.

Greece stands ready to provide any assistance needed.”

At least 27 people died from the explosion but it is feared that the final death toll may include many more. At least 2,500 have been reported injured and the city’s hospitals are overwhelmed.

The blast, which occurred at the main Beirut port, was felt as far away as the island nation of Cyprus, according to a message shared on GR social media by Cyprus resident Sophia-Michael Kontou.

Al-Jazeera reports that the source of the blast may have been the ammonium nitrate which was stored at the port area. Some other reports say that a ship carrying fireworks blowing up caused the explosion.

According to reports from the BBC, the port area of the city was almost completely destroyed.