A Royal Navy ship will be sent to Beirut after the Lebanese city’s port was destroyed by a huge explosion.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has authorised the deployment of survey vessel HMS Enterprise, following the blast which killed at least 135 people, reports forces.net.

At least 5,000 people were injured and hundreds of thousands left homeless in the incident on Tuesday evening.

HMS Enterprise will carry out survey work in the port to establish the extent of the damage. Mr Wallace said: “At the request of the Lebanese government, I have today authorised the sending of HMS Enterprise to help survey the Port of Beirut, assessing the damage and supporting the Lebanese government and people rebuild this vital piece of national infrastructure.”

The Foreign Secretary meanwhile has promised a £5m support package for Lebanon. The Ministry of Defence said the British military will “continue to work with the Lebanese government to help the people of Beirut recover”.

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