LEBANON / BEIRUT BLAST

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05-Aug-2020 00:03:52
As a result of a huge explosion that rocked Beirut Port Tuesday evening, 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

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STORY: LEBANON / BEIRUT BLAST
TRT: 03:52
SOURCE: UNIFIL
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 05 AUGUST 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

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1. Various shots, damaged UNIFIL ship docked at port
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea Tenenti, Spokesperson, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“As a result of yesterday’s blast, huge blast, the port of Beirut, not only the port, has been completely destroyed, damaged, as well as the part of the city of Beirut. But one of our six ships has been damaged and several peacekeepers, they were in the ship with the Maritime Task Force, have been injured, one of them seriously injured, and they are being transported to the nearest hospitals in Lebanon.”
3. Various shots, ship and port damage
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea Tenenti, Spokesperson, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“UNIFIL is still assessing the situation. UNIFIL’s Force Commander also yesterday has been emphasizing on the importance of being close to the Lebanese people, to the Lebanese government. We are ready to assist and provide any kind of assistance to the Lebanese people, to the Lebanese government during these difficult times.”
5. Various shots, ship and port damage
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain M Joinal Abedin, Maritime Task Force, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“So, it was a normal day, everybody was doing their job and people were roaming around performing their duties and all of a sudden we see there is a small fire. So, small fire doesn’t mean there will be a devastation. After that, after two minutes, the fire came closer and to another shed. And we were still feeling normal and all of a sudden there was a huge explosion which took off and within seconds, like in the explosion, I don’t know how the explosion was in Hiroshima, but it was close to that.”
7. Various shots, ship and port damage
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Captain M Joinal Abedin, Maritime Task Force, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“People got shocked and a few of them were crying. And I assembled the people, counted them, and then a number of injured personnel were taken to the hospital, but presently the hospital was also damaged. So then again, they were brought back and then they were taken to the airport. From airport they came back three times, one after another, one after another. They took it, evacuated to Hammoud Hospital in Saida. Today I went to see the injured personnel. There are 23 personnel already admitted. I talked to them and definitely the given moral in this situation is difficult, but all of them are, I think they are courageous, and things will be alright soon, and we all will work together. And definitely the UNIFIL support is the number one support, there were the whole night transporting our officers and men to the hospital. Even the last three it was after 4 o’clock of the night.”
9. Various shots, port damage

STORYLINE:

As a result of a huge explosion that rocked Beirut Port Tuesday evening (4 Aug), 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.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea Tenenti, Spokesperson, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“As a result of yesterday’s blast, huge blast, the port of Beirut, not only the port, has been completely destroyed, damaged, as well as the part of the city of Beirut. But one of our six ships has been damaged and several peacekeepers, they were in the ship with the Maritime Task Force, have been injured, one of them seriously injured, and they are being transported to the nearest hospitals in Lebanon.”

UNIFIL is currently assessing the situation, including the scale of the impact on UNIFIL personnel.

SOUNDBITE (English) Andrea Tenenti, Spokesperson, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“UNIFIL is still assessing the situation. UNIFIL’s Force Commander also yesterday has been emphasizing on the importance of being close to the Lebanese people, to the Lebanese government. We are ready to assist and provide any kind of assistance to the Lebanese people, to the Lebanese government during these difficult times.”

Captain M Joinal Abedin of Maritime Task Force recounted the moment of the blast.

SOUNDBITE (English) Captain M Joinal Abedin, Maritime Task Force, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“So, it was a normal day, everybody was doing their job and people were roaming around performing their duties and all of a sudden we see there is a small fire. So, small fire doesn’t mean there will be a devastation. After that, after two minutes, the fire came closer and to another shed. And we were still feeling normal and all of a sudden there was a huge explosion which took off and within seconds, like in the explosion, I don’t know how the explosion was in Hiroshima, but it was close to that.”

UNIFIL transported the injured peacekeepers to the nearest hospitals for medical treatment.

SOUNDBITE (English) Captain M Joinal Abedin, Maritime Task Force, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL):
“People got shocked and a few of them were crying. And I assembled the people, counted them, and then a number of injured personnel were taken to the hospital, but presently the hospital was also damaged. So then again, they were brought back and then they were taken to the airport. From airport they came back three times, one after another, one after another. They took it, evacuated to Hammoud Hospital in Saida. Today I went to see the injured personnel. There are 23 personnel already admitted. I talked to them and definitely the given moral in this situation is difficult, but all of them are, I think they are courageous, and things will be alright soon, and we all will work together. And definitely the UNIFIL support is the number one support, there were the whole night transporting our officers and men to the hospital. Even the last three it was after 4 o’clock of the night.”

The United Nations is working closely with the authorities in Lebanon to support ongoing response in the aftermath of the massive deadly explosion, which destroyed large swathes of the capital.
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