International community rallies to help Lebanon
Norway, Hungary, France, Australia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Qatar and even Israel, among others, have offered a variety of aid to Lebanon in hopes of helping the country recover.
The UK has also pledged to “stand by the Lebanese people in their time of need”, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab, said yesterday, pledging a £5 million aid package. Raab said the package was “ready to go”, adding that medical experts, search and rescue teams and a Royal Navy ship the HMS Enterprise would assist with the relief efforts if required, according to a BBC report.
Australia has pledged at least two million Australian dollars ($0.8 million) towards the initial relief effort for the city. The aid will be sent directly to the World Food Program and the Red Cross for distribution in Lebanon, according to the Associated Press (AP).
Both Russia and Germany have sent specialist relief teams to aid in the search for survivors. While, Lebanon has also received four field hospitals from Qatar, Iran and Jordan, as well a coronavirus testing lab and protective gear from Russia, along with 50 emergency workers and medical personnel.
The United Nations (UN) has also said it will step up its emergency assistance to Lebanon, while the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was airlifting supplies to Beirut.
Meanwhile, France’s President Emmanuel Macron has become the first foreign leader to visit Beirut in the wake of the blasts, along with French civil security personnel who are set to help search for survivors in the rubble. ■