FACTBOX-France, Turkey and Gulf States among those who helped Beirut after the explosion


Aug 5 (Reuters) – France, Turkey and the Gulf states are among countries offering aid to Lebanon following a warehouse explosion in Beirut that killed at least 100 people and injured nearly 4000.Below are details of the international aid pledges.


President Emmanuel Macron’s office said France will send 55 security agents to Lebanon and 6 tons of health supplies, while a dozen emergency physicians will also travel to Beirut.

“France is always on the side of Lebanon and the Lebanese people. He is ready to offer his assistance according to the needs expressed by the Lebanese authorities, ”Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Twitter.


The Turkish Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) is helping in the search for survivors, digging through the debris to search for people and recover bodies. The group also mobilized a kitchen in a Palestinian refugee camp to deliver food to those in need, said Mustafa Ozbek, an IHH official based in Istanbul.

“We provide assistance with an ambulance to transfer patients. We can provide help according to the needs of the hospital, ”he said.


Kuwait provided medical aid and other essential items. The health ministry said Kuwaiti aid had arrived in Lebanon by military plane on Wednesday morning and the Kuwaiti Red Crescent said it would offer any aid Lebanon needed, Kuwaiti television reported.


Qatari news agency QNA said the country sent the first military plane carrying medical aid on Wednesday. Three more planes were due to follow later in the day, containing two field hospitals of 500 beds each, equipped with ventilators and other necessary medical supplies.


Russian emergency ministries said they were sending five planes carrying medical supplies, a field hospital and medical personnel. He said all medical staff traveling to Beirut will be equipped with personal protective equipment in light of the coronavirus pandemic.


The Netherlands is sending a specialized search and rescue team to Lebanon, made up of 67 doctors, nurses, firefighters and police officers to help search for survivors trapped under the rubble.


President Hassan Rouhani said Iran was ready to send medical aid to Lebanon, help treat the wounded and provide any other necessary medical assistance.

“We hope that the circumstances of this incident will be determined as soon as possible and that peace will return to Beirut,” said the state television quoted. (Report from Reuters offices, compiled by Timothy Heritage, edited by Andrew Cawthorne)

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