Meuse: Extent of destruction in Beirut "hard to believe"

Heiko Maas, about dts
Heiko Maas, about dts
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) has been shocked by the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut.

"This catastrophe hits the already crisis-ridden Lebanon hard," Maas told the "Bild". The extent of the destruction can hardly be grasped.

“The images of the devastation in Beirut hit us right in the heart, they hurt.” And further: “Our thoughts are with the victims and injured of this terrible disaster. Above all, I am worried about our injured colleagues. We do everything so that you can receive the best possible care. The consequences for the country cannot yet be foreseen. ”At the same time, Maas promised Lebanon help from Germany:“ I am in contact with my Lebanese colleague about how Germany can help quickly and unbureaucratically, and I asked him what was most needed will. “In the crisis team, the work has started to set the THW in motion together with the Interior Ministry on Wednesday to search for missing people in the rubble in Beirut. "With the Bundeswehr and our humanitarian aid workers, we are looking at how we can provide further aid for cleanup work and supplies to the civilian population." Such a crisis cannot be overcome alone. That is not possible for any country. "Lebanon can count on Germany's help," said Maas. 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 The local authorities say they believe that out of date explosive material may have blown up.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.