Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: MTI/AP/Haszan Ammar

On a proposal by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian government decided on Wednesday to send one million euros in humanitarian aid to help victims and contribute to reconstruction efforts to follow the devastating recent explosions in Beirut, the prime minister’s press chief told a press conference.

The sum would be sent under the arrangements of the Hungary Helps Programme to Lebanon’s Syriac Maronite Church of Antioch.

Orbán had sent a condolence letter to the Lebanese Christian Democrat Kataeb Party earlier in the day after learning that the party’s Secretary-General Nazar Najarian had been killed in Tuesday’s explosions.

EU conveys condolences, offers emergency services following explosion in Beirut

The European Union (EU), as well as its officials, have expressed their condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the lethal blasts that took place in Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday.

“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,” said EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic in a statement on Wednesday.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated, coordinating the urgent deployment of over a 100 firefighters, with vehicles, dogs and equipment, who will work with the Lebanese authorities to save lives on the ground, according to the statement.

It said the Netherlands, Greece and the Czech Republic have confirmed their participation in the operation. France, Poland and Germany have also offered assistance via the Mechanism.

The EU has also activated its Copernicus Satellite mapping system to support the Lebanese in assessing the extent of the damage, added the statement.

Meanwhile, officials including European Council President Charles Michel and European Parliament President David Sassoli have tweeted about their sympathy with the families of the victims.

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