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Qatar sends two field hospitals, urgent medical aid to Lebanon

Qatar sends two field hospitals, urgent medical aid to Lebanon

QNA/agencies
Beirut
Following directives of His Highness The Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to dispatch urgent medical aid to Lebanon, the Qatari Amiri Air Force aircraft carrying urgent medical aid and supplies and two fully-equipped field hospitals with 500 beds each arrived at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut on Wednesday.
The field hospitals will help in treating the injured in the Beirut port explosion. The urgent assistance included respirators, necessary medical equipment and supplies.
A search and rescue team with expertise and extensive experience in searching and rescuing missing persons arrived on one of the aircraft, after coordination between the competent authorities in Qatar and Lebanon.
The aircraft was received by Ambassador of Qatar to Lebanon HE Mohammed Hassan Jaber Al Jaber, Charge d’Affairs at the Embassy of Lebanon in Qatar HE Ambassador Farah Berri, Head of the Airport Security Authority Brigadier General George Doumit, Commander of the Beirut Air Base Colonel Hassan Barakat, and the staff working at Qatari Embassy in Beirut, as well as a number of ranking Lebanese officers.
Lebanon declared a two-week state of emergency in the capital city and handed over control of security in Beirut to the military following the explosion that has killed at least 135 people and injured 5,000 others.
The explosion on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the city, causing widespread damage as far as the outskirts of Beirut.
Officials said they expect the death toll to rise further as emergency workers dig through the rubble to search for survivors.
Beirut’s city governor Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people have lost their homes and authorities are working on providing them with food, water and shelter.
Officials linked the blast to some 2,750 tonnes of confiscated ammonium nitrate that were being stored in a warehouse at the port for six years.