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France offers Lebanon 'assistance' after Beirut blasts

Two enormous explosions rocked Beirut's port on Tuesday [Getty]

Date of publication: 5 August, 2020

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French President Emmanuel Macron said French aid and resources were being sent to Lebanon.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Tuesday that France stood "alongside Lebanon" and was ready to help it after the powerful explosions that rocked Beirut.  

"France stands and will always stand by the side of Lebanon and the Lebanese. It is ready to provide assistance according to the needs expressed by the Lebanese authorities," he said in a tweet. 

French President Emmanuel Macron said French aid and resources were being sent to Lebanon.

Two enormous explosions rocked Beirut's port on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people and wounding thousands.

Read also: World offers support, condolences to Lebanon after devastating blasts

Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab called on "friendly countries" to support the country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

Gulf nations were among the first to react, with Qatar promising to send field hospitals to support the medical response. 

Qatar's ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani wished "a speedy recovery for the injured," while the United Arab Emirates' Vice President and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, tweeted "our condolences to our beloved people in Lebanon."

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