UN / BEIRUT EXPLOSIONS REAX

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The UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in Beirut.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 05 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“In a statement we issued yesterday, the Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in Beirut. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, including several United Nations personnel working in Lebanon. The United Nations remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time and is actively assisting in the response to this incident.”

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3.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“As a result of the explosion, one of the UNIFIL ships of the Maritime Task Force docked in the port was damaged, leaving some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured – some of them seriously. UNIFIL transported the injured peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals for medical treatment. The Mission is currently assessing the situation. The Head of Mission and Force Commander, Major General Stefano Del Col, said: ‘We are with the people and the Government of Lebanon during this difficult time and stand ready to help and provide any assistance and support.’ The United Nations is working closely with the Lebanese Government to support all ongoing response efforts, particularly in the delivery of emergency medical assistance. Support for the existing hospitals and trauma response capacity is a top priority for the UN. The World Health Organization is working closely with the Lebanese Ministry of Health to conduct an assessment of hospital facilities in Beirut, their functionality and needs for additional support, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specialists are being dispatched to Beirut at the moment to assist in the emergency response, both from the United Nations and multiple Member States. Experts are en route to support urban search and rescue operations. Teams are also equipped to conduct rapid assessments about the situation on the ground and help coordinate emergency response activities. The United Nations is looking at all options to find ways to provide financial assistance to support ongoing response efforts.”

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5.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

05 AUGUST 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“As agreed in a call yesterday between the Prime Minister and the Special Coordinator, the Deputy Special Coordinator and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is leading UN efforts in support of Lebanon’s emergency response, in coordination with the Deputy Prime Minister, who is leading the Lebanese efforts. UN agencies are participating in an emergency health task force with Non-governmental organizations to coordinate humanitarian support. The World Food Programme is undertaking an assessment of food needs. An assessment of shelter needs is also underway.”

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7.Close up, UN flag

STORYLINE:

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deepest condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Lebanon, following the horrific explosions in Beirut.”

Reading a statement issued on Tuesday (04 Aug), UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq today (05 Aug) said the Secretary-General “wishes a speedy recovery to the injured, including several United Nations personnel working in Lebanon. The United Nations remains committed to supporting Lebanon at this difficult time and is actively assisting in the response to this incident.”

Haq also said, “as a result of the explosion, one of the UNIFIL ships of the Maritime Task Force docked in the port was damaged, leaving some UNIFIL naval peacekeepers injured – some of them seriously. UNIFIL transported the injured peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals for medical treatment. The Mission is currently assessing the situation.”

He continued, “the United Nations is working closely with the Lebanese Government to support all ongoing response efforts, particularly in the delivery of emergency medical assistance. Support for the existing hospitals and trauma response capacity is a top priority for the UN.”

The World Health Organization is working closely with the Lebanese Ministry of Health to conduct an assessment of hospital facilities in Beirut, their functionality and needs for additional support, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specialists are being dispatched to Beirut at the moment to assist in the emergency response, both from the United Nations and multiple Member States. Experts are en route to support urban search and rescue operations. Teams are also equipped to conduct rapid assessments about the situation on the ground and help coordinate emergency response activities. The United Nations is looking at all options to find ways to provide financial assistance to support ongoing response efforts.

The United Nations is also looking carefully at the immediate implications of the explosion at the port for ongoing response activities, both in Lebanon and Syria. Efforts to ensure sustained operations will be found in close coordination with Lebanese authorities. Further assessments about the humanitarian needs following the explosion are underway. Additional information will be made public to help coordinate ongoing relief efforts.

Haq also said that s agreed in a call on Tuesday between the Prime Minister and the Special Coordinator, the Deputy Special Coordinator and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator is leading UN efforts in support of Lebanon’s emergency response, in coordination with the Deputy Prime Minister, who is leading the Lebanese efforts.

He added that UN agencies are participating in an emergency health task force with Non-governmental organizations to coordinate humanitarian support. The World Food Programme is undertaking an assessment of food needs. An assessment of shelter needs is also underway.
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