France sends rescuers and equipment to Lebanon




                                        Les avions partiront de l'aéroport Charles de Gaulle près de Paris vers midi (10h00 GMT) pour arriver à Beyrouth en fin d'après-midi avec 55 agents de sécurité civile à bord, a-t-il précisé.

                                        Des gens se rassemblent près des lieux d'une explosion à Beyrouth le 4 août 2020. Photo: AFP

PARIS - La France enverra mercredi au Liban deux avions militaires avec des experts en recherche et sauvetage, 15 tonnes d'équipements sanitaires et une clinique mobile équipée pour soigner 500 personnes blessées lors de l'explosion monstre de mardi au port de Beyrouth, a annoncé la présidence.

The planes will leave Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris around noon (10:00 GMT) to arrive in Beirut at the end of the afternoon with 55 civil security agents on board, he said.

A dozen rescuers will also be sent soon to Beirut “to reinforce the hospitals of the Lebanese capital”, indicated the presidency.

President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun to express France’s support for the Lebanese people and to promise them to send French aid.

The 55 rescuers deployed on Wednesday are specialists in clearing and rescuing rubble after the disaster, the Elysee said, adding that France was working to “identify additional needs” on the ground in Beirut.

A cataclysmic explosion at the Port of Beirut wreaked havoc on entire neighborhoods, killing more than 100 people and injuring thousands.

The explosion appears to have been caused by a fire that ignited 2,750 tons of unsecured ammonium nitrate in a warehouse.
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