BEIRUT: The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has called for unity to overcome what it describes as “national tragedy” following a deadly blast in Beirut.
In a statement released few hours after the massive explosion at Beirut Port on Tuesday, Hezbollah offered “deepest condolences over the national tragedy which took place in Lebanon in these hard times,” and urged national unity among all the Lebanese.
“This grievous disaster, along with its unprecedented repercussions and damage it had caused on several levels, requires a national stand by all Lebanese people and powers in a bid to overcome this ordeal,” the Lebanese resistance movement underlined.
The blast ripped through the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, leaving more than 100 people dead and nearly 4,000 others injured. Several smaller explosions were heard before the bigger one occurred.
Footage shared on social media captured the moment of the bigger explosion, with a colossal shock wave seen traveling fast across several hundreds of meters and shrouding the area in thick smoke.
The huge explosion inflicted enormous material damage to the surrounding buildings and structures.
Hezbollah also on Tuesday hailed medical and rescue teams over their efforts to help those harmed by the blast, expressing readiness to offer all kinds of assistance to Lebanese citizens in this regard.
“We put all capabilities to serve our honored people and dear citizens when necessary,” the Lebanese resistance movement said.
Moreover, Hezbollah announced that a speech scheduled to be delivered by the movement’s Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday was adjourned to another date that will be revealed later, citing the national mourning which Lebanon is witnessing over the massive explosions.