UAE ship loaded with 2,400 tonnes of aid arrives in Beirut

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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - The UAE is continuing to offer vital support to Lebanon in the wake of a deadly port blast last month

Sep 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

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A ship which set sail from the UAE loaded with 2,400 tonnes of crucial aid has arrived in Beirut.

The vast vessel, carrying food, sanitisers, personal protective equipment, clothes and medical supplies, was sent on its humanitarian voyage on the orders of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, chairman of Emirates Red Crescent (ERC).

The valuable shipment will support victims of the recent port blast in the Lebanese capital and bolster efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the city.

The ship was received by members of the UAE Embassy in Lebanon, before its goods were delivered to Lebanese authorities.

Just over a month ago, a fire at Beirut port caused a massive explosion that devastated much of the city.

The blast killed almost 180 people and injured more than 6,000, causing an estimated $20 billion in damages, according to a report by Strategy&.

Two weeks ago, the port was hit by another blaze at a warehouse which prompted the army to evacuate the area.

Dr. Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi, secretary-general of ERC, stated that the ship was sent to Lebanon on the directives of the UAE’s leadership to support those affected by the explosion, noting that the ERC is keen to deliver humanitarian aid by land and sea to meet the growing needs of the Lebanese people.

The ERC drafted a detailed plan, in co-ordination with the Humanitarian and Development Affairs office of the UAE Embassy in Lebanon and relevant Lebanese authorities, to distribute aid to those affected by the explosion.

Updated: September 23, 2020 10:11 PM

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