ANKARA: Turkey has offered to restore Beirut’s port and destroyed buildings.
According to the foreign news agency, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with the Lebanese President.
The meeting also offered the use of the Turkish port of Mersin and an air ambulance to transport the injured to Turkey.
Beyrut’ta meydana gelen patlamada yaralanan vatandaşlarımızın aileleri ile bir araya gelip, kendilerine geçmiş olsun dileklerimizi ilettik.
Şartlar ne olursa olsun devletimiz vatandaşlarımızın daima yanındadır. pic.twitter.com/TRbS0cE4fE
— Fuat Oktay (@fuatoktay) August 8, 2020
Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has said that Turkey is ready to rebuild Beirut port and Lebanon can use Mersin port until Beirut port becomes operational.
It may be recalled that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also sent relief supplies to Beirut.
Felaketin olduğu yerdeyiz. Dualarımız hayatını kaybedenlerle. Yaraların sarılması için tüm kurumlarımızla sahadayız. Başın sağolsun #Beyrut!@Tika_Turkey @AFADBaskanlik @Kizilay pic.twitter.com/zVAtZecogW
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) August 8, 2020
Earlier, A massive explosion near Beirut, Lebanon killed at least 100 people, left more than 4,000 injured and sent shockwaves across the capital. The explosion shattered windows, causing apartment balconies to collapse, sources said.
The most powerful explosion to hit Beirut in years shook the ground, leaving some residents thinking an earthquake had struck. Weeping people walked through streets checking to see if relatives were hurt.