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Interpol is deploying specialized IRT to Beirut at the request of the Lebanese authorities, the organization's press service reported.

The statement runs as follows:

At the request of Lebanese authorities, INTERPOL is deploying a specialized IRT to Beirut following the explosion that resulted in the death of more than 150 people and destroyed a large swathe of the city.

Days after the explosion, many people remain missing.

The international team, which includes Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) experts will provide on-site assistance.

“The tragic explosion has left the city, indeed country, and countless families reeling,” said Jürgen Stock, INTERPOL Secretary General.

“INTERPOL’s experience in providing this type of help can significantly help national authorities and we will continue to provide whatever assistance is required and requested by Lebanon,” the INTERPOL Chief added.

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