News ID: 272520
Published: 0941 GMT August 05, 2020

IRCS: Iran sends first batch of food supplies, medical aid to Lebanon after deadly blast

IRCS: Iran sends first batch of food supplies, medical aid to Lebanon after deadly blast
A woman carries a child as she walks past damaged shops in Lebanon on August 5, 2020 following the ‎deadly blast that rocked the Lebanese capital on August 4, 2020. ‎

Iran sent its first batch of food supplies and medical aid to Lebanon as part of its humanitarian assistance for Beirut in the aftermath of the huge blast that rocked the city on Tuesday, said the Iranian Red Crescent Society.

This comes as with senior Iranian officials have all voiced readiness to provide all sorts of humanitarian assistance to Beirut, which is reeling from the massive explosion, according to Press TV.

The IRCS spokesman Mohammad Nasiri announced on Wednesday that 2,000 food packages, weighing nine tons, are set to be sent to Lebanon along with medicine and medical equipment.

The first consignment of Iranian aid supplies arrived in Beirut hours after the tragedy on Tuesday. Two more shipments are expected for delivery later on Wednesday.

Nasiri further said a 22-member medical team, including general practitioners, orthopedists, anesthesiologists, operating room specialists, pediatricians, neurologists, nurses and field hospital experts, will be dispatched to Lebanon later on Wednesday.

The Iranian team will also set up a rapid deployment emergency hospital in Beirut, he added.

At least 100 people are so far confirmed to have lost their lives, while around 4,000 others were injured in the powerful explosion that ripped through the Beirut port on Tuesday.

The number of fatalities and those wounded is expected to rise as search and rescue operations are still underway.

In a telephone conversation with Chairman of the IRSC Karim Hemmati, the head of Lebanon’s Red Cross, George Kettani, said his country was in need of Iran’s humanitarian assistance.

Kettani further thanked Tehran offer of aid to Lebanon.

Earlier, Al Jazeera cited Mirna Doumit, president of the Order of Nurses in Beirut, as saying that three of the city’s hospitals had been destroyed.

“So we had to evacuate patients who were in those hospitals to others. In addition, we have two other hospitals that were partially destroyed,” the official said.

Earlier in the day, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent a message to his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, voicing deep grief over the tragic incident.

“On behalf of the people and the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, I express sympathy with the bereaved families and offer heartfelt condolences to His Excellency and the people of the friendly and brotherly country of Lebanon,” he said.

“In line with its humanitarian measures, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran declares its readiness to send medical and pharmaceutical aid [to Lebanon] and offer treatment to the injured or whatever medical assistance the country might need,” he added, expressing hope for the swift recovery of the wounded.

Similarly, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Parliament Speaker Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf said Iran stands ready for humanitarian cooperation with Lebanon.

Qalibaf pledged to “work with the Iranian and Lebanese authorities to expedite the [aid delivery] process.”

Zarif, in turn, held a phone conversation with his Lebanese counterpart, Charbel Wehbe.

Iran, Zarif noted, stands by the Lebanese nation and government at all levels and is ready to provide assistance to the country so it can meet its urgent infrastructural and humanitarian needs.


Resource: PRESS TV
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