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Iceland “Ready to Provide Support” to Lebanon, Says Foreign Minister

By Yelena

Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson.
Photo: Golli. Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson..

Iceland’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister tweeted messages of support to Lebanon yesterday. An accidental explosion in Beirut, the nation’s capital, levelled buildings in the city centre while killing over 100 people and injuring around 4,000. The blast was felt and heard in Cyprus, 100km (62mi) away.

“Devastating news from Beirut, Lebanon. The people of Iceland feel for the families that have lost loved ones and the thousands injured. Our thoughts are with the Lebanese people at this time,” Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir tweeted yesterday.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Guðlaugsson chimed in on the same platform minutes later, stating he was “ [d]eeply saddened by the casualties and destruction caused by the #BeirutExplosions. The footage from #Beirut is truly shocking. #Iceland is ready to provide support to the emergency response. My thoughts are with those suffering.”

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has stated the explosion was caused by 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a common industrial chemical used in mining explosives.

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