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Lebanon: First aircraft carrying humanitarian aid from Russia lands in Beirut00:26

Lebanon: First aircraft carrying humanitarian aid from Russia lands in Beirut

Lebanon, Beirut
August 5, 2020 at 22:45 GMT -00:00 · Published

The first plane carrying Russian humanitarian aid landed in Beirut on Wednesday evening to help deal with the aftermath of the two deadly blasts in the port area of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday.

The Sukhoi Superjet-100, carrying a ten-person task force, 19 personnel of Tsentrospas (State Central Airmobile Rescue Team of Russia’s EMERCOM), as well as two frontline workers on board, landed in the Lebanese capital at 20:24 local time (17:24 GMT).

Two more EMERCOM planes carrying a field hospital, doctors and environmental watchdog Rospotrebnadzor specialists are on their way to Beirut. EMERCOM is scheduled to complete five flights to Beirut in total and deploy about 150 specialists to the city.

Earlier in the day the Health Minister of Lebanon announced that Beirut had already received aid from Greece, Kuwait and Qatar. France, Russia, UAE, UK and other countries are also deploying humanitarian aid to Lebanon. 

Two huge blasts rocked the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the latest data the explosions killed more than 135 people and left about 5,000 wounded, while many more remain missing.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

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The first plane carrying Russian humanitarian aid landed in Beirut on Wednesday evening to help deal with the aftermath of the two deadly blasts in the port area of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday.

The Sukhoi Superjet-100, carrying a ten-person task force, 19 personnel of Tsentrospas (State Central Airmobile Rescue Team of Russia’s EMERCOM), as well as two frontline workers on board, landed in the Lebanese capital at 20:24 local time (17:24 GMT).

Two more EMERCOM planes carrying a field hospital, doctors and environmental watchdog Rospotrebnadzor specialists are on their way to Beirut. EMERCOM is scheduled to complete five flights to Beirut in total and deploy about 150 specialists to the city.

Earlier in the day the Health Minister of Lebanon announced that Beirut had already received aid from Greece, Kuwait and Qatar. France, Russia, UAE, UK and other countries are also deploying humanitarian aid to Lebanon. 

Two huge blasts rocked the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening. According to the latest data the explosions killed more than 135 people and left about 5,000 wounded, while many more remain missing.

The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

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