US News Explosions in Beirut: the international community offers aid to Lebanon

13:20  05 august  2020
13:20  05 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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As Lebanon tries to deal with the damage from the double explosion in Beirut on Tuesday August 4, messages of support are pouring in from all over the world. The leaders continue to offer aid to this country, already ravaged by one of the most serious economic crises in its history. Among them, the United States, Qatar, France, Iran… and even Israel, an enemy country with which Lebanon is officially in a state of war.

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As rescuers tried to find victims in the smoldering ruins of the port of Beirut, in the midst of gutted buildings, many countries expressed their solidarity with the Lebanese people and offered their help to the authorities. This after Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab launched an "urgent appeal to all friendly countries and brother countries".

France, the former mandatory power, was among the first to react, declaring itself to be “alongside Lebanon”. French President Emmanuel Macron promised from Tuesday evening a detachment of civil security (55 people, 15 tons of equipment) and six tons of medical equipment, as well as a dozen emergency doctors who will be sent from Wednesday by two military planes, said the Elysee. A mobile health post is also planned.

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The United States " ready to help "

"The United States stands ready to help Lebanon", announced the US President Donald Trump said during a White House press briefing hours after the explosion. The billionaire added, however, that "it looks like a terrible attack."

However, several Lebanese officials, notably the Minister of Information Manal Abdel Samad in an interview with RFI , seem to rule out the thesis of an attack.

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Great ally of Washington and Lebanese Sunni leaders, Saudi Arabia has also proposed a shipment.

Iran has followed suit. "Iran announces that it is ready to send medical aid to Lebanon and also offers care for the wounded and any other necessary medical assistance," Hassan Rouhani said, according to state television. Tehran is the main supporter of Hezbollah, a political party and a powerful Shiite armed group that cannot be ignored on the Lebanese scene.

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switch to the International edition. Lebanese President Michel Aoun said a state of emergency should be declared in Beirut for two weeks after a massive explosion in the capital on Tuesday, and called If you are just joining us: two large explosions have devastated Lebanon ’s capital city, Beirut .

Close allies and traditional adversaries of Lebanon paid tribute on Tuesday to the victims of massive, deadly twin blasts in Beirut , as condolences and offers of help poured in, AFP And unusually, neighbouring Israel offered humanitarian aid - to a country with which it is still technically at war.

In state of war with Lebanon, Israel offers aid

More surprisingly, Israel has expressed solidarity with the Lebanese people and offered help to the authorities. This country is, however, the historical enemy of Lebanon, with whom it is officially at war. However, that did not prevent the Jewish state from offering "humanitarian medical aid" to its neighbor, explains our correspondent in Jerusalem, Guilhem Delteil .

The Israeli move was first announced by defense and foreign ministers, positions held by Bleu-Blanc leaders, but was later echoed by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

"We share the suffering of the Lebanese people," Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote on Twitter. "I send my deepest condolences to the people of Beirut," the opposition leader wrote in parliament, both speaking to the Lebanese in both English and Arabic.

As aid offers pour in from around the world, Lebanon has yet to formally respond to the Israeli offer. It is considered unlikely that he will accept that of a country with which he prohibits all contact.

Qatar sends field hospitals

A man goes missing in the explosions in Beirut and is found alive at sea

 A man goes missing in the explosions in Beirut and is found alive at sea

switch to the International edition. The cause of the explosion is still unconfirmed, but Lebanon ’s interior minister has said stores of ammonium nitrate likely caused the blast. My thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the devastating explosion in # Beirut today.

An explosion ripped through the port in the Lebanese capital and 300,000 people are now homeless. 10:05 International reactions and offers of help are pouring in, including offers from Israel. Read more here: Beirut blast: Condolences and aid pour in for Lebanon after deadly explosion .

Lebanese President Michel Aoun also received a call from Iraqi President Barham Saleh, who assured Lebanon of solidarity and offered to help. Gulf countries, some of which have close relations with Lebanon by providing financial assistance, paid tribute to the victims. The Emir of Qatar conveyed his condolences, according to the official QNA news agency, which added that field hospitals would be sent to Lebanon.

Among the proposals, that of London also made its voice heard: "The UK is ready to provide support in any way it can, including to affected UK nationals," Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted. British embassy workers are among the injured, but their lives are not in danger.

The explosions will " increase the severity of the crisis " in Lebanon

Canada is also showing solidarity: "We are ready to help you", reacted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Facebook and Twitter. "Russia shares the sorrow of the Lebanese people", reacted the Russian President, Vladimir Poutine, in a condolence telegram to his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun.

For the leader of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit, the explosions "will unfortunately exacerbate the difficulties of Lebanon and increase the seriousness of the crisis (...) crossed by the country ".

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