The UN said Tuesday that “several” of its employees were injured when a massive explosion rocked Lebanon’s capital, killing at least 63 people and injuring thousands of others.
Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for Secretary General Antonio Guterres, did not specify the number of injured personnel or in what capacity they work for the UN. But the international body runs myriad programs in the Mediterranean country, including refugee aid and a peacekeeping force in the country’s south.
Guterres “expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosion in Beirut today,” Haq said.
“He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, including several United Nations personnel working in Lebanon. The United Nations remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time, and is actively assisting in the response to this incident,” Haq added.
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