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Explosions in Beirut: many countries offer help


Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab launched an "urgent appeal to all friendly countries and brother countries" after the deadly double explosion.

Many countries have offered aid to Lebanon, where two huge explosions in Beirut have left tens of people dead and thousands injured, including France which sends several tons of medical equipment on Wednesday August 5.

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While Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab launched an " urgent appeal to all friendly countries and brotherly countries ", France, the former mandatory power, was among the first to react, declaring to be " alongside Lebanon " .

President Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter the dispatch of a civil security detachment and " several tons of medical equipment " to Beirut.

The United States has also offered to help. " Our team in Beirut has informed me of the significant damage inflicted on a city and people that I cherish, " Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “ shocked ” and promised to offer “ support for Lebanon ”. Staff at the German Embassy were injured in the blasts.

The United Kingdom said it was ready on Tuesday evening to help Lebanon. Among the injured are employees of his embassy whose lives are not in danger. " The UK is ready to provide support in any way it can, including to affected UK nationals ," Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted.

Israel on Tuesday evening offered " humanitarian and medical aid " to Lebanon, a neighboring country with which it is technically at war.

Canada has done the same. " We are ready to help you ," responded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Facebook and Twitter.

" Russia shares the sorrow of the Lebanese people ", reacted the Russian President, Vladimir Poutine, in a condolence telegram to his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun. The latter also received a call from Iraqi President Barham Saleh, who assured Lebanon of solidarity and offered to help.

Gulf countries, some of which have close relations with Lebanon by providing financial assistance, paid tribute to the victims.

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, called on Michel Aoun to offer his condolences, according to the official QNA news agency, which added that field hospitals would be sent to Lebanon.

" Our hearts are with Beirut and its people ", tweeted for his part the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, posting a photo of the famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai, illuminated with the colors of the Lebanese flag. " May God (...) protect brother Lebanon and the Lebanese to reduce their suffering and heal their wounds, " he said.

Kuwait has announced that it will send emergency medical aid to Lebanon, according to the official Kuna agency.

Jordanian Foreign Minister called on his counterpart Charbel Wehbe to express his solidarity, saying he was ready to offer any assistance to Lebanon. Same expression of solidarity from Tunisia, where President Kais Saied addressed a letter to his Lebanese counterpart expressing his “ support ” for a “ brother people ”.

The UN has expressed its " most sincere condolences ", and offered its " active support ", wishing a " speedy recovery to the wounded, including United Nations personnel " - sailors from the mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL) including the ship was moored in the port of Beirut.

For the leader of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the explosions " will unfortunately exacerbate the difficulties of Lebanon and increase the gravity of the crisis (...) the country is going through ".

Source: lefigaro

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