"It was with great dismay that I learned of the severe explosion in Beirut, which claimed numerous victims," wrote Merkel on Wednesday. “I would like to offer you my deepest condolences. Please convey my condolences and condolences to the relatives of the victims as well as my wishes for recovery to the survivors. "
In this difficult time, Lebanon could count on the help and support of the German government, Merkel continued. At least 100 people were killed in the explosion in the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening, according to the Lebanese Red Cross. There were also more than 4.000 injuries. The exact reason for the detonation was initially unclear. Local authorities say that outdated explosive material may have been blown up. According to this, around 2.750 tons of ammonium nitrate should have been stored in the port for several years without special security measures.