A UNIFIL maritime task force ship that was docked in Beirut port was damaged and some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers were injured, some of them seriously, in a huge explosion in the Lebanese capital.
The United Nations interim Force in Lebanon said in a statement on Tuesday.
“UNIFIL is transporting the injured peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals for medical treatment,” the statement said.
UNIFIL is currently assessing the situation, including the scale of the impact on UNIFIL personnel, and stands ready to provide assistance and support to the Lebanese government, the statement added.
Britain working on help for Lebanon after massive blast, minister says
Britain is working urgently to decide what technical and financial help it could provide to Lebanon; after a massive blast ripped through Beirut killing at least 100 people.
“The government is working urgently this morning on what we can do to help the Lebanese government with technical support and of course working with our allies to provide financial assistance,” British junior education minister Nick Gibb told BBC radio.
“There will be further announcements this morning; and later today about what support we will be providing to Lebanon,” Gibb said.