UN Secretary-General delivers speech during briefing on humanitarian situation in Lebanon

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UN Secretary-General,António Guterres, on Monday delivered the following speech during a briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in Lebanon: 

“I want to express my total solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of the horrific explosion that destroyed the port of Beirut and part of the city last Tuesday. 

I offer condolences to the families and loved ones of the more than [150] people who were killed, and a full recovery to the many thousands of injured.   

Even now, almost a week later, many people remain missing. 

The blast was truly shocking. 

In an instant, it flattened vital infrastructure and shattered windows near and far. 

Surrounding neighborhoods were levelled.  

Many thousands are now homeless. 

Three hospitals were left inoperable, and two more sustained substantial damage.  

Dozens of other health facilities were damaged and those that remain are overwhelmed with casualties.