An Egyptian shipment of 125 tonnes of glass arrived in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Friday to help repair damage caused by the Beirut port explosion earlier this month.
The maritime shipments were sent to Lebanon by the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), as part of Egypt’s support for Beirut following the deadly explosion that caused extensive damage across the Lebanese capital.
Egypt has already sent several aid shipments to Lebanon through an air bridge established only hours after the explosion occurred at the beginning of August, by order of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.
On Wednesday, two military aircraft carrying medical and food aid, prepared in coordination with the Egyptian Red Crescent and a number of civil society groups, were sent to Beirut.
The Lebanese capital was rocked by a huge explosion at the city’s port. At least 170 are known to have died in the incident, which left at least half a million Beirut residents homeless. Tens of people remain missing, as many buildings collapsed due to the explosion, with urgent rescue efforts ongoing.
The explosion was caused by the improper storage of 2,700 tonnes of the highly explosive material, ammonium nitrate, at a warehouse located in Beirut Port. The severe damage from the explosion extended to buildings spanning several kilometres from the incident’s epicentre, and also destroyed Lebanon’s main grain storage silo located in the port’s grounds.