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Russians support Beirut residents affected by explosion
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun in connection with a massive explosion, which led to casualties and widespread destruction, the Kremlin website reports.
The president noted that Russians shared the grief of the Lebanese people. The head of state wished recovery to all those who suffered from the explosion and expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims.
The number of victims of the explosion has already exceeded 100 people, TASS reports. About 4,000 residents of the city received injuries of varying severity.
The night before, about 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the seaport area of the Lebanese capital . It was confiscated by customs about five years ago. The blast wave destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings, damaged cars, residential buildings, infrastructure. All the efforts of the authorities are aimed at rescuing the wounded and searching for the dead under the rubble of destroyed buildings in the port.
The capital of Lebanon was recognized as a disaster zone, and a two-week state of emergency was declared. A three-day mourning for the victims began today.
The Russian embassy said that the damage was done to almost all Russian institutions. The doors and the window were knocked out in the building of the diplomatic mission. One of the employees needed medical help.