The United Nations said Wednesday that around 120 members of the international organization were injured as a result of the explosions on Tuesday in the port of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, in which at least 135 people died and about 5,000 were injured.
UN General Secretariat deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said “there are about a hundred injured among staff and subordinates” before adding that “some of them were slightly injured”.
To this number it must be added that 22 employees of the United Nations Interim Force for Lebanon (UNIFIL) were injured as a result of the explosions, while the deaths of two relatives of UN workers were confirmed in Lebanon.
Haq expressed its condolences to the staff concerned, stressing that “this is part of the concern for the Lebanese people in general”. “We know we are a small fraction of the injured as a result, and we hope that all the injured, all those who suffer, recover,” he added.