0207 GMT September 23, 2020
In a message to his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, on Wednesday, Rouhani deeply sympathized with Lebanon over the heavy casualties caused by the massive explosion that rocked Beirut’s port area, IRNA wrote.
He added Iran is also willing to provide Lebanon with other kinds of medical assistance in line with humanitarian measures.
Rouhani said the tragic incident that killed and injured many Lebanese citizens has caused deep sorrow.
He noted, “I, on behalf of the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, sympathize with the victims’ families and extend my heartfelt condolences to you and the people of the friendly and brotherly country.”
Rouhani also expressed hope that the cause of the incident would be determined immediately and calm would be restored to the city.
A warehouse at the Beirut Port caught fire on Tuesday afternoon, triggering a huge explosion, Lebanon’s official National News Agency (NNA) reported.
Several smaller explosions were heard before the bigger one occurred, according to Press TV.
Footage shared on social media captured the moment of the bigger explosion, with a colossal shock wave seen traveling fast across several hundreds of meters and shrouding the area in thick smoke.
The Lebanese Ministry of Health announced that the death toll from the massive explosion in Beirut stood at more than 70, and the number of the injured was over 3,700.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab vowed that those responsible for the massive blast in Beirut would be held to account, also calling for international assistance to help the country, which is already beset by economic crises.
Diab announced three days of national mourning for the victims of the deadly blast, also declaring a state of emergency across the country for two weeks.
Immediately after the massive explosion, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the country's full readiness to provide Lebanon with any necessary help.
In a post on his official Twitter account on Tuesday, Zarif said Iranians thoughts and prayers are with the "great and resilient people of Lebanon."
The top Iranian diplomat also called on the Lebanese people and government to "stay strong”.
His post read: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon. As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary. Stay strong, Lebanon.”
In addition, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani expressed his heartfelt condolences to the people of Lebanon, and said Tehran was ready to help Beirut by all means.
“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the president, government and people of Lebanon on the explosion in Beirut and the death and injury of a number of Lebanese people,” Shamkhani said in a tweet in Persian.
“We share the great sorrow of Lebanon, and we stand by its proud and resilient people for any help and assistance,” he added.
In the aftermath of the catastrophic event, the Iranian Rec Crescent Society also expressed Tehran’s readiness to provide assistance to Beirut in a message to Lebanese Red Cross Chief George Kettaneh.
The IRCS head, Karim Hemmati, also expressed his sympathy for the people of Lebanon.