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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Uhuru condoles with Lebanon after Beirut blast

An aerial view of Beirut City

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of solidarity and encouragement to President Michel Aoun and the People of the Lebanese Republic following yesterday's devastating blast in Beirut.

Uhuru in his message expressed Kenya's sympathy for the Lebanese people and wished them God's comfort as they come to terms with the regrettable destruction of their iconic capital city.

Lebanon is in mourning after a huge explosion in the capital Beirut killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 others on Tuesday.

The whole city was shaken by the blast, which began with a fire at the port which exploded into a mushroom cloud.

President Michel Aoun said 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate had been stored unsafely in a warehouse for six years.

The whole city was shaken by the blast, which began with a fire at the port which exploded into a mushroom cloud.
The whole city was shaken by the blast, which began with a fire at the port which exploded into a mushroom cloud.
Image: COURTESY

He scheduled an urgent cabinet meeting for Wednesday and said a two-week state of emergency should be declared.

The country will observe an official period of mourning for three days from Wednesday.

Officials said that an investigation was underway to find the exact trigger for the explosion.

Lebanon's Supreme Defence Council said those responsible would face the "maximum punishment" possible.

The ammonium nitrate had reportedly been unloaded from a ship impounded at the port in 2013, and then stored in a warehouse there.

The explosion comes at a sensitive time for Lebanon, with an economic crisis reigniting old divisions as the country struggles with the coronavirus crisis.

Tensions are also high ahead of Friday's verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

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