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George and Amal Clooney make donations to Lebanese charities after explosion

George and Amal Clooney have made major donations to three Lebanese charities after capital Beirut was rocked by a deadly explosion (Andrew Milligan/PA)
George and Amal Clooney have made major donations to three Lebanese charities after capital Beirut was rocked by a deadly explosion (Andrew Milligan/PA)

George and Amal Clooney have made major donations to three Lebanese charities after capital Beirut was rocked by a deadly explosion.

At least 135 people were killed and more than 5,000 injured when a blast, apparently triggered by an accidental fire at a port, tore through the city.

Countries around the world, including the UK, have pledged aid.

Amal Clooney (left) and George Clooney
Amal and George Clooney have made donations to three Lebanese charities following a deadly blast in Beirut (Ian West/PA)

The Clooneys, who live in Britain, have donated 100,000 dollars (£76,000) to three charities.

Human rights lawyer Amal, 42, was born in Beirut. “We’re both deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they’ve faced in the last few days,” the couple said in a statement obtained by the PA news agency.

They have donated money to the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Baytna Baytak.

The couple added: “We will be donating to these charities $100,000 and hope that others will help in any way they can.”

Amal and her family left Lebanon when she was two years old, escaping the country’s civil war.

They settled in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, and Amal later studied at Oxford university.

She became engaged to Hollywood star George, 59, in 2014 and they married later that year. They have two children, three-year-old twins Ella and Alexander.

Lebanon has been left devastated by Tuesday’s blast. It was apparently caused by an accidental fire that ignited a warehouse full of ammonium nitrate.

Lebanon was already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

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