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UK offers £5m aid to Lebanon as ‘rigorous’ probe promised

More than a dozen countries have made offers of humanitarian aid and assistance following an appeal by Prime Minister Hassan Diab in a short televised speech

Mr Diab called on friends of Lebanon to extend help to the small nation, saying: ‘We are witnessing a real catastrophe.’ 

Of its closest neighbours, Jordan has already set up a military field hospital including all necessary personnel will be dispatched, as has Egypt.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are participating in a blood donation drive to try and help victims of the explosion in Beirut that has wounded thousands.

Iranian Red Crescent workers load a plane with aid to the Lebanese people on the tarmac of Mehrabad airport

Dozens took part in a blood drive in the city of Khan Younis on Wednesday, which was sponsored by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Organizers said they will coordinate with the International Committee of the Red Cross to try to get the blood donations delivered to Lebanon. 

The Iraqi oil minister has told Lebanese prime minister Hassan Diab that Baghdad will provide fuel aid to Beirut, with a shipment of wheat also due to arrive from the country. 

Iran is sending nine tonnes of food, as well as medicine, medical equipment, medical personnel and a field hospital to Lebanon, according to Iranian media.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a tweet: ‘We sympathize with the dear Lebanese citizens and stand by them in the painful tragedy of the Beirut port explosion…Patience in the face of this incident will be a golden leaf of honour for Lebanon.’ 

The Gulf Arab states have offered various forms of support for Lebanon, though any sustained financial assistance is complicated by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group’s presence in government and on the ground.

Saudi-funded medical teams were dispatched from north Lebanon to Beirut to care for and to help transport the wounded on Tuesday, while a specialized team from a Saudi-funded medical center provided emergency health care services in the Lebanese capital, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Czech Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel with their dogs prepare for boarding at the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague

Czech Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) personnel with their dogs prepare for boarding at the Vaclav Havel Airport in Prague

Kuwait and Qatar dispatched airplanes full of medical cargo. Qatari officials told The Associated Press that cargo from Doha included two large air-conditioned tents, kits for 1,000 beds, generators and diesel tanks, 50 ventilators, emergency medical supplies like first aid kits, gauze and needles, and medicine. A search and rescue team was also being sent to support.

Meanwhile, urgent medical and humanitarian supplies were being sent from the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Tunisian President Kais Saied has ordered the dispatch of two military planes loaded with medical equipment, medicine and food to Lebanon following the deadly Beirut port explosion.

More than 1,000 Indonesian peacekeepers have been contributing in the evacuation of victims of the explosion in Beirut.

The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says in a statement that the Garuda Contingent, as a member of United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon, is helping in the aftermath.

Of the 1,447 Indonesian citizens registered as living in Lebanon, 1,234 are part of the UNIFIL mission, while 213 others are civilians. 

Significant support has been offered by France, which has sent two planes with dozens of emergency workers, a mobile medical unit and 15 tons of aid. French President Emmanuel Macron’s office says the aid should allow for the treatment of some 500 victims. 

Germany is preparing a team of 47 search-and-rescue experts to make their way to the city. Germany also says its embassy was damaged in the blast but diplomats have reactivated an old building and are able to work.

Russia is sending five planeloads of aid to Beirut, with the Ministry for Emergency Situations saying aid will include rescuers, medical workers, a makeshift hospital and a lab for coronavirus testing. 

Medical and sanitary supplies are loaded aboard an Airbus A330 as France sends search and rescue experts aboard three military planes

Medical and sanitary supplies are loaded aboard an Airbus A330 as France sends search and rescue experts aboard three military planes

Poland are sending a team of about 50 firefighters, including 39 rescuers with 4 dogs and a chemical rescue module.

A Greek military transport plane is heading to Lebanon with a search and rescue team with specialized equipment and a sniffer dog. 

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek says Lebanon has accepted an offer to send a team of 37 rescuers with sniffer dogs to Beirut. Denmark says it is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to Lebanon.

Australia says it will donate 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) in humanitarian support to Lebanon to help Beirut recover from Tuesday’s massive explosion.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne says in a statement the money will go to the World Food Program and the Red Cross to help ensure food, medical care and essential items are provided to those affected.

She says Australia and Lebanon have a strong relationship built on extensive community ties, and more than 230,000 Australians have Lebanese heritage. 

Norway is offering 25 million kroner ($2.74 million) and 40 tons of medical equipment to Lebanon after the huge explosion in the harbor of the Lebanese capital.

‘The situation is pretty confusing right now. In the coming days we will know more about what is needed in the long-term,’ Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said earlier today.


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