New York (UNA-OIC) – United Nations Secretary General António Guterres called for strong international support for all the victims of the 4 August deadly explosion at Lebanon’s capital Beirut, which left over 160 people dead and more than 6,000 injured.
“I call for robust international support for all people in need in Lebanon, especially women and girls who are most vulnerable in times of crisis,” Guterres said at a virtual briefing on Monday, where high-level UN officials detailed how the situation is unfolding on the ground and what the global body is doing to assist.
“The legendary strength of the Lebanese people now faces an additional test,” he said, lamenting that the huge blast leveled surrounding neighborhoods leaving thousands of people homeless and many people others missing.
And while thanking those countries that are already providing “tangible financial, material and specialized assistance,” the UN chief urged donors to give “speedily and generously”.
At a time of both sorrow and prolonged frustration, Guterres maintained that “the anger of the Lebanese people is palpable” and “their voices must be heard”. He called for a “credible and transparent investigation” to determine the exact cause of the explosion and bring about the accountability “demanded by the Lebanese people”, pointing out that long-term political reform was also needed.
He pledged that the UN would continue its support for Beirut and the people of Lebanon “in every possible way” and vowed that the Organization would stand in unity to help alleviate the immediate suffering and support its recovery.