German embassy staff among thousands wounded in Beirut blast

German embassy staff among thousands wounded in Beirut blast
Smoke rises in the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut. Photo: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
The explosions in Beirut on Tuesday wounded staff at the German embassy, the German foreign ministry said.

“The wounded also include embassy personnel,” the ministry said. “We cannot for the moment exclude German nationals figuring among the dead and wounded.”

Two huge explosions ripped through the port of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday evening, injuring thousands and killing at least 100 people according to the death toll on Wednesday morning.

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The German embassy building, located not far from the port, was damaged but the “seriousness of the damage cannot yet be determined for now,” the foreign
ministry said.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said through her spokeswoman that she was shocked by the event and promised aid for Lebanon.

Few exact details were immediately known about the cause of the explosion, but Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab said it was caused by 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse in the port.

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