Statement on the Massive Explosion in Beirut

WASHINGTON, DC, AUGUST 4, 2020 — The explosion in the Port of Beirut this evening caused extensive damage to the AMIDEAST/Beirut office, located in the nearby city center, but thankfully our staff avoided major injuries. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Lebanon, especially the victims of this tragic event and the AMIDEAST staff, advisory board members, students, and their families. May Lebanon and its people overcome this tragic event as they have so many others with their trademark resolve and optimism.