Albilad had earlier reported that Bahrain expressed “deep regret regarding the horrific explosion” in Lebanon after two massive explosions in Beirut’s port on Tuesday that injured thousands. The Foreign Ministry stressed Bahrain’s solidarity with the brotherly people of Lebanon during these terrible times.

Bahrain had delivered a shipment of urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon. The aid is to help the Lebanese with their ordeal and to alleviate the effects of the disaster caused by the devastating explosion in Beirut.

Some 80,000 children have been displaced by the Beirut explosions, according to UNICEF estimates, with families affected in desperate need of support.

The explosions on Tuesday evening left 140 people dead, 5,000 injured and hundreds missing. UNICEF is concerned that many children have suffered trauma and remain in shock.

“Over the past 48 hours, UNICEF continued to coordinate closely with authorities and partners on the ground to respond to the urgent needs of families affected, focusing on health, water and the wellbeing of children,” said Violet Speek-Warnery, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Lebanon.

The port of Beirut – where the explosion took place – is the main lifeline of the country. It is now destroyed.

“UNICEF is supporting the local authorities and partners. Our teams have been working around the clock to provide people affected with much needed assistance,” said Speek-Warnery.

UNICEF in Lebanon is working with counterparts and partners to scale up support to affected children and their families to respond to the immediate needs.

To be able to respond to these huge immediate needs, UNICEF urgently requires nearly US$4.4 million.