Germany pledges $11.79m to stand by Lebanon
Published: 10:46 PM, 9 August 2020 Updated: 10:47 PM, 9 August 2020
Germany has pledged €10 million ($11.79 million) in emergency aid to Lebanon after the deadly blast in Beirut earlier in the week.—reports DW.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas made the pledge on Sunday afternoon.
“The people of Beirut need our help and they need our hope,” Maas told the German media BamS.
“We must act quickly and efficiently so that this aid goes directly to where it is needed. Lebanon’s future is at stake.”
Earlier, Germany pledged €1.5 million in aid in the immediate aftermath of the explosion.
The latest announcement came ahead of a major UN-backed aid conference hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.
The huge explosion, caused by ammonium nitrate that was stored at the Beirut port area in Lebanon, killed over 150 people, injured 6,000, and left some 300,000 homeless.