Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, has issued the following statement:
We share the shock and sadness of the people of Beirut following the deadly explosion that has taken many lives and left many more injured. Our condolences go to all those that have lost loved ones.
At this difficult time, the European Union offers its full support to the Lebanese people.
As an immediate first step, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated upon request of the Lebanese authorities.