YEREVAN, August 5. /ARKA/. The Armenian Embassy in Lebanon is in contact with the authorities of the country and the heads of local Armenian community organizations, the press secretary of the Armenian Foreign Ministry Anna Naghdalyan said.
According to the latest media reports, a powerful explosion in Tuesday in the area of the seaport of Beirut near the Lebanese naval base has killed at least 70 people and injured more than 4,000 others. The blast wave shook the residential areas of the Lebanese capital, collapsing the facades of several buildings located near the port, damaging other residential buildings and offices.
According to Naghdalyan, in the Armenian-populated areas, as well as in the whole of Beirut, there is significant destruction and according to preliminary information, the blast killed one Armenian injuring many others – mainly by fragments of broken windows.
She also said that the building of the Armenian Embassy in Lebanon was partially damaged by the explosion.
The initial reports said the explosion was caused by a major fire at a warehouse for firecrackers near the port. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab later said in a statement that an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, an explosive, had been stored at a warehouse for the past six years. Lebanon’s general security chief said the substance had been confiscated years ago.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan expressed his condolences in connection with the powerful explosion.
“I am shocked by the news of the explosion in Beirut. I express my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and I wish the injured a speedy recovery. We express our solidarity and support to the brotherly people of Lebanon,” Pashinyan tweeted.