Egypt set up an air bridge operation to provide humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, with several medical teams sent to assist in providing medical aid at Egypt’s field hospital in Beirut
A second Egyptian aircraft carrying urgent medical, relief supplies, and food aid was dispatched on Saturday to the Lebanese capital, Beirut, according to an Egyptian military statement.
The first Egyptian aircraft arrived at Beirut Airport last Thursday. The assistance comes upon Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s directives to support the Lebanese people following a huge and deadly blast at Beirut’s port last Tuesday.
The Lebanese government said that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been improperly stored at the port for six years caused the huge blast. The blast, which rocked the capital, has killed 158 and injured 6,000, while dozens remain missing, according to the latest figures from Lebanon’s Ministry of Health on Saturday.
Last Wednesday, Egypt set up an air bridge operation to provide humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, with several medical teams sent to assist in providing medical aid at Egypt’s field hospital in Beirut.
Other countries, including France, Kuwait, Jordan, and Morocco, have also dispatched medical and relief assistance to the country.
The devastating blast, which has come amid a political and economic crisis in Lebanon, has sparked anger among citizens, who accused their government of corruption, negligence, and mismanagement.