Medical equipment and teams, humanitarian aid, sending of military planes … Initiatives are multiplying to come to the aid of the Lebanese after the deadly explosions that occurred Tuesday in Beirut.
“The Lebanese government is relying a lot on international aid from the state and also from humanitarian organizations, with programs dedicated to rehabilitating homes”, explained on franceinfo Ismaïl Hassouneh, national secretary of the French Secours Populaire.
In France, the Secours Populaire has released an initial fund of 100,000 euros and is launching a “call for donations and solidarity.
The NGO Impact Lebanon, for its part, launched a jackpot in an attempt to raise more than five million euros. In less than 24 hours, the bar of three million euros donated has almost been crossed.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter: “All my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident. The UK stands ready to provide support in any way we can, including to affected British citizens. “
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen shared a message of condolence regarding the explosion of his social media account. “Our thoughts are with the Lebanese people, the families of the injured and those who lost their lives,” he said.
The Greek Foreign Ministry shared the message of solidarity with the Lebanese government and people and announced that the Government of Athens is ready for any help to this country.
The Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (RTCN), Ersin Tatar, issued a message of condolence for the explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.
“We are deeply saddened by the great explosion in the port of Beirut in Lebanon, in which many people were killed, and thousands more were injured. On behalf of myself and my government, I convey my condolences to the Lebanese people and wish that Allah bless the people. fatalities and a speedy recovery to the injured, “Tatar tweeted.
Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa al Kazemi, in a written statement, expressed that they stand in solidarity with the Lebanese as well as the Iraqi government and their nation in the bloody attack on Beirut.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, through his social account, sent his condolences to the Lebanese for the explosion in Beirut and wished the families of the victim’s patience.
“Our hearts go out to the great and resilient Lebanese people in this great tragedy. Stay strong, Lebanon,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on his Twitter account. Zarif indicated that his country is ready to send aid in all senses to Lebanon.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said they are ready to send whatever help Lebanon needs due to the explosion.
How Nations Have Been Helping
Three humanitarian aid planes sent by France to Beirut.
France is providing aid and sent three humanitarian assistance planes to Beirut on Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced on Wednesday noon. “Three planes are leaving today for Beirut, one from Marseille with teams of immediately operational medical responders, two from Roissy with equipment, 25 tonnes, security teams from the Ministry of the Interior,” he said. The Elysée had initially reported the dispatch of two planes from Roissy, near Paris. These two aircraft took off in the middle of the day for an arrival in the late afternoon.
The Marseille firefighters dispatched emergency equipment as well as a medical team of nine people (four emergency doctors, three nurses and two marine firefighters) for Lebanon, said their communication service. They boarded a private plane made available by the CEO of CMA-CGM, one of the world leaders in maritime transport.
The United States announced Friday that it would immediately send 15 million dollars in food and medicine to Lebanon. This aid, which will be delivered locally by the US military, is equivalent to three months of food for 50,000 people and three months of medicine for 60,000 people, the United States international aid agency USAid said in a statement.
UN Appeals for Donations
UN agencies have launched an urgent appeal for international solidarity with Lebanon, in addition to the $9 million already released from United Nations humanitarian funds. WHO has asked for $ 15 million, while UNICEF said it wanted to raise at least $ 8.25 million, during an online press conference, also bringing together the World Food Program (WFP), the High Commission for Human Rights and High Commissioner for Refugees.
Beirut: Amal and George Clooney donate $100,000 to help the population
The couple supported three Lebanese associations, including the local Red Cross, after the two explosions that devastated the country’s capital, which is also the lawyer’s hometown.
Morocco announced Thursday the sending of emergency aid to Lebanon and the deployment of a field hospital in Beirut. King Mohammed VI has “given his instructions to send emergency medical and humanitarian aid,” according to the Moroccan news agency MAP.
EU Unlocks 33 Million Euros
The European Union announced Thursday that it had released 33 million euros to finance initial emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilized material resources, including an Italian hospital ship, to help relief efforts in Beirut.
A donor conference is also planned to mobilize additional funding for reconstruction after a needs assessment, said a European source.
The release of the 33 million should make it possible to cover the immediate needs of the emergency services and hospitals in the capital, the European Commission said.
Algeria Sent Four Aircraft
A press release issued by the presidency said late Wednesday that Algeria would send four planes and a ship loaded with humanitarian aid to Beirut, along with medical teams, firefighters, food and construction materials.
The World Bank
The World Bank said on Wednesday it is ready to mobilize available resources to help Lebanon after the massive explosion in Beirut. The foundation confirmed that it could “spread its experience to carry out rapid damage and needs assessment and develop a reconstruction plan by international standards,” according to a statement released on Wednesday.
Germany has sent dozens of search and rescue specialists to Lebanon to help in the race to find survivors trapped in the rubble after Tuesday’s attack in Beirut.
Around 50 employees of the German civil protection organization left Frankfurt on Wednesday night with search dogs and 15 tons of equipment to locate people under the ruined buildings.
Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said the first plane carrying relief teams, doctors and medical equipment landed in Beirut.
On Wednesday, the ministry said the plane had delivered a mobile hospital with 50 emergency workers and doctors. Three more Russian flights are scheduled to arrive in the next 24 hours. They will carry laboratory equipment for coronavirus testing and protective equipment, among other relief supplies.
The airlift comes after a request for assistance from the Lebanese authorities in the wake of the massive explosion that destroyed Beirut.
The President of the European Council in Beirut Saturday
The President of the European Council Charles Michel will travel to Beirut on Saturday to “show the solidarity of Europe with the Lebanese people” and meet the leaders of this country bruised by a devastating explosion. ”We stand by all those who have been affected and will provide assistance,” tweeted the Belgian, who will meet with President Michel Aoun, Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
Other Countries around the world that have also pledged support includes Palestine, Hungary, Tunisia, Norway, Netherlands, Cyprus, Indonesia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece etc. providing rescue teams, humanitarian aid, supplies and other resources.