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Statement on the devastating Beirut explosions

The United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Region Branch extends our condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the horrific explosions in Beirut on 4 August. We stand by the Lebanese community in the GTA, and across Canada, and with all of the people in Lebanon—in solidarity, wishing them courage and strength.

"Canadians were shocked and deeply saddened by the devastating toll of Tuesday's explosion on the people and city of Beirut, Lebanon," says Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. "We mourn the tragic deaths of so many people and wish a full and quick recovery to the thousands who were injured. Our two countries share a deep and longstanding friendship, which is rooted in close people-to-people ties. Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese Canadians live in communities across the country. For decades, they have strengthened our country and continue to make significant contributions to Canada today. To help the people of Lebanon, Canada is providing up to $5 million in humanitarian assistance, with an initial $1.5 million going immediately to the Lebanese Red Cross and other trusted humanitarian organizations."

Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens in Lebanon can contact Global Affairs Canada's 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to

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