Beirut blast 'severely' injures UN Peacekeeping crew, damages vessel

Beirut blast
# 05 August 2020 04:20 (UTC +04:00)

The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon announced late on Tuesday that one of its ships and several of its naval peacekeepers had been injured in the explosion at the port of Beirut, APA reports quoting Sputnik.

"As a result of a huge explosion that rocked Beirut Port this evening, one of the UNIFIL ships of the Maritime Task Force docked in the port was damaged, leaving some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured – some of them seriously," the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) announced on Tuesday.

The press release noted UNIFIL was assessing the situation and the injured peacekeepers were being sent to the hospital for treatment.

“We are with the people and the Government of Lebanon during this difficult time and stand ready to help and provide any assistance and support," UNIFIL Head of Mission and Force Commander Major General Del Col said.