Iran sends food supplies, medical aid to Lebanon after deadly blast

Xinhua News Agency | Aug 5, 2020 at 7:14 PM

TEHRAN, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran has started sending food, medicine and medical equipment to Lebanon, after the huge explosions at Beirut's port, Press TV reported on Wednesday.

Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) spokesman Mohammad Nasiri announced the shipment of 2,000 packages of food, weighing 9 tonnes, to Lebanon, together with medicines, medical equipment and professionals.

Two cargoes are expected to arrive in Beirut on Wednesday, after a first load of Iranian aid was delivered the day before, shortly after the blast.

Along with the supplies, a 22-member medical team, including general practitioners, orthopedists, anesthesiologists, operating room specialists, pediatricians, neurologists, nurses and field hospital experts is traveling to Lebanon on Wednesday, Nasiri added.

The team will create a Rapid Deployment Hospital (RHD) in Lebanon's capital.

Senior Iranian officials are voicing willingness to supply whatever kind of humanitarian assistance Lebanon needs after the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut.

The huge explossion caused the death of at least 100 people and injured thousands, while it also caused massive damage in the port.

The causes of the blast remain unknown, but Lebanese Interior Minister Mohammad Fahmi said that explosive chemicals stored at a port facility may have caused the incident.