Today.Az » World news » Turkish aid delivered to Lebanon after blast strengthens bilateral ties
16 August 2020 [14:15] - Today.Az
Turkish authorities in Lebanon suggested repairing a mosque damaged by the explosion and Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay embraced the project and also asked about repairing a local church.
"Our approach shows our sensitivity to Lebanon's integrity," said Mavi?.
"Lebanon's integrity is important for Turkey. For us, Lebanon is a whole with its Christians, Muslims, Assyrians and Armenians. Turkey is ready to do whatever it can to protect this integrity."
The powerful explosion rocked Beirut on Aug. 4 after a neglected stockpile of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse ignited.
The blast wave killed at least 177 people and flattened nearby buildings, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless.
It came at a time when Lebanon was dealing with a severe financial crisis along with the coronavirus pandemic.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that property damage from the explosion could cost more than $15 billion, according to the official Lebanese News Agency.