Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran Stands by Lebanon

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran Stands by Lebanon

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei expressed solidarity with the Lebanese nation following a deadly blast in Beirut, stressing that the Islamic Republic stands by the Lebanese citizens.

In a message published by the Leader’s Twitter account on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei expressed sympathy with the people of Lebanon over deaths and injuries in the huge explosion.

“We sympathize with the dear citizens of Lebanon and stand by them in the painful tragedy of the explosion in Beirut port, which killed and injured a large number of people and caused severe damage. Patience in the face of this tragedy will be a golden page in Lebanon’s honor,” the Leader said.

Lebanon’s president has declared a two-week state of emergency following the massive explosion in Beirut that has killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 others.

The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage even on the outskirts of the capital.

The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear. Officials linked the blast to hundreds of tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.

The explosion has also destroyed Lebanon’s silos that contain the national grain reserve. Lebanon imports up to 80 percent of its food needs and is particularly reliant on imported soft wheat to make Arabic flatbread. About 85 per cent of the country's cereals were reportedly stored in the facility.

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