"I was shocked and shocked when I received the news of the severe explosion in the port of Beirut," said Steinmeier on Wednesday. The images of the huge destruction in the middle of the city would have "deeply shaken" him.
Steinmeier expressed his condolences to Aoun and Lebanon on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. "I wish you and your citizens strength and confidence in these difficult hours." Especially in times of the Covid 19 pandemic, the catastrophe is particularly serious. "Germany will do what it can to stand by the people in Lebanon," the Federal President continued. According to the Lebanese Red Cross, at least 100 people were killed in the explosion in the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. There were also more than 4.000 injuries. The exact reason for the detonation was initially unclear. The local authorities say they believe that out of date explosive material may have blown up. According to this, around 2.750 tons of ammonium nitrate are said to have been stored in the port for several years without special security measures.