British politicians have taken to Twitter to react to the explosion in Beirut today.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK stood ready to provide support.
The pictures and videos from Beirut tonight are shocking. All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 4, 2020
Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer said his thoughts were with those affected including emergency workers.
The images of explosions in Beirut are deeply worrying.— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) August 4, 2020
Our thoughts are with those affected, the emergency services and the people of Lebanon.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab reiterated the government’s offer of support, including to any British nationals affected.
My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastating explosion in #Beirut today. The UK 🇬🇧 stands in solidarity with the people of Lebanon 🇱🇧 and is ready to offer help and support including to those British nationals impacted.— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) August 4, 2020
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy said it was too early to speculate on causes but that her thoughts were with those impacted.
Nandy’s comments were followed up by her Labour colleague Wayne David, the Shadow Minister for the Middle East.
Terrible scenes from #Beirut. Our hearts go out to the people of the city. The @foreignoffice @DFID_UK and @JamesCleverly must prepare to give immediate help. Lebanon is on its knees economically and COVID-19 has placed a huge strain on hospitals.— Wayne David (@WayneDavid_MP) August 4, 2020
Lib Dem leadership candidates Ed Davey and Layla Moran also tweeted their reactions to the events.
My thoughts are with all the people caught up in the horrible explosions in Beirut. Truly awful scenes and in a city that has already seen so much heartbreak. https://t.co/jdiiF9v87q— Ed Davey MP 🔶🇪🇺 (@EdwardJDavey) August 4, 2020