Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed condolences to Lebanese President Michel Aoun over the human losses and heavy destruction caused by the explosion in the port of Beirut.
The Turkmen leader sent a telegram in which he conveyed, on behalf of the people and the Government of Turkmenistan, and on his own behalf, the sincere sympathy and support to the relatives and friends of the victims, and wishes for a speedy recovery to those affected by the man-made disaster.
A powerful explosion occurred on Tuesday in the seaport area in Beirut near the Lebanese Naval Base. The blast wave destroyed and damaged tens of houses and vehicles. The buildings of four large hospitals were damaged.
The death toll amounted to about 100 people, and at least four thousand Lebanese suffered. Representative of the Lebanese Red Crescent Georges Kettaneh announced this on the LBC Television Channel. According to him, people are still under the debris of the destroyed buildings. Beirut’s hospitals are overcrowded.
The exact cause of the explosion has not yet been established, but Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that tons of ammonium nitrate have been stored in a warehouse at the port, a substance that can be used for blasting operations and as a nitrogen fertilizer.
The head of state said it was unacceptable that the substance was stored in the port for six years without complying with the necessary safety measures, and called for punishment of those responsible.
General Abbas Ibrahim, the Lebanese General Security Chief, said that there were warehouses of confiscated explosive materials in the port, and it was a place where an explosion occurred.
One of the first countries to offer humanitarian and medical aid to Lebanon was Israel. Tel Aviv announced through the diplomatic channels that it is also ready to accept injured people for treatment.