The UK government officials including the Prime Minister have responded to a devastating explosion which happened in Beirut on Tuesday.
It has been confirmed that some British nationals were among those affected by the tragic incident which occurred in Lebanon`s capital city. Pictures and videos of the explosion have been circulating on social media.
In a statement on Twitter, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide any support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected.”
More than 25 people lost their lives and over 2,500 were injured in the explosion at a port warehouse district in Lebanon. Nearby buildings collapsed, trapping scores of people in the rubble. The death toll is expected to rise as the emergency workers dig through the rubble.
Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “The UK stands in solidarity with the people of Lebanon and is ready to offer help and support including to those British nationals impacted.”
The deadly explosion has left the Lebanon officials in despair. Hassan Diab, the prime minister said that the whole country is “facing a catastrophe and Beirut is in mourning”. Beirut’s governor, Marwan Abboud, broke down into tears as he toured the site of the explosion and said: “Beirut is a devastated city.”
Officials from different countries including the UK have expressed their sympathies and promised to support Lebanon amid the crisis.