President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of solidarity and encouragement to President Michel Aoun and the People of the Lebanese Republic following yesterday’s devastating blast in Beirut.
President Kenyatta expressed Kenya’s sympathy for the Lebanese people and wished them God’s comfort as they come to terms with the regrettable destruction of their iconic capital city.
At least 100 people have been killed and 4,000 others injured in capital city of Lebanon, Beirut explosion, Health minister has said.
Videos of cloud of smoke surfaced followed by big blast at the city’s port.
Officials have blamed highly explosive materials stored in a warehouse for over 6 years.
Authorities have launched Investigations over what triggered the explosion with Lebanon’s Supreme Defence Council saying those responsible would face the “maximum punishment” possible.
President Aoun declared a three-day mourning period, and said the government would release emergency funds.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab called it a catastrophe and said those responsible must be held to account.
He spoke of a “dangerous warehouse” which had been there since 2014, but said he would not pre-empt the investigation.
Tension is high in the country ahead of Friday’s verdict in a trial over the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.