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 Wednesday, August 5 2020 15:55
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Nikol Pashinyan offered his support to Michel Aoun to overcome  consequences of devastating explosion in Beirut

Nikol Pashinyan offered his support to Michel Aoun to overcome  consequences of devastating explosion in Beirut

ArmInfo. RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan held a telephone conversation with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun, the press service of Armenian PM reports.

Prime Minister Pashinyan expressed his support to the friendly people  of Lebanon and its President. He offered deepest condolences to the  families of those slain in the devastating explosion at the port of  Beirut and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Prime Minister Pashinyan assured of the Armenian authorities'  readiness to provide emergency assistance to friendly Lebanon and its  fraternal people.

Michel Aoun thanked Nikol Pashinyan for kind remarks of support and  sympathy and expressed his gratitude for the readiness of the  Armenian government to provide assistance tailored to the needs of  Lebanon. President Aoun advised that Lebanon's authorities are making  every effort to overcome the problems as soon as possible.

To note, a huge explosion occurred on Tuesday evening in the port of  Beirut. As reported later in the Lebanese security forces, ammonium  nitrate detonated from a contraband cargo confiscated from one of the  ships several years ago.  All these years, explosives have been  stored in a warehouse in the port awaiting their destruction.  Ammonium nitrate is used as a component of explosives and as nitrogen  fertilizer.  The explosion killed at least 100 people, and injured  over 4,000. The blast wave destroyed and damaged dozens of houses,  cars, glass were broken in many quarters of the capital. At the  scene, the debris is being dismantled and the search for survivors  and dead. A four-day mourning period has been declared in the  country, a 2-week state of emergency has been introduced.

Governor of Beirut, estimated the damage from the explosion in the  port of the city at $ 3-5 billion. He also announced the deaths of 10  firefighters sent to the scene of the incident, and noted that  residents of the city who were left homeless could number in the  hundreds.  It became known that the explosion killed the General  Secretary of the Lebanese nationalist party "Al- Qataib" Nazar  Najarian. As the Al- Arabiya TV channel reported, as a result of the  emergency, the politician was seriously injured, his condition was  assessed as critical, the doctors fought for his life, but in vain.  

As ArmInfo previously reported with reference to the RA Foreign  Ministry, the explosion also damaged the building of the Armenian  Embassy in Beirut, officially over 100 Armenians suffered. As a  result of the explosion, property and material damage was inflicted  on the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilician.

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