Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was shocked by the blast in Beirut and that Britain would continue to focus on the needs of the people of Lebanon.
“I was absolutely appalled and shocked by the scenes from Lebanon, from Beirut,” Johnson said. “I am sure that the UK will continue to focus on the needs of the people of Lebanon.”
Britain is sending a Royal Navy ship to Beirut to help the city recover from Tuesday's devastating port explosion.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said the survey vessel HMS Enterprise, currently in Cyprus, will assess damage and help Lebanese authorities prepare to rebuild the port.
Britain has pledged a 5 million-pound ($6.6 million) humanitarian support package for Lebanon and says it will send search and rescue teams and expert medical support.