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GCC countries pay tribute to Beirut blast victims, vow to send medical aid

Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it is following with great concern the consequences of Beirut's port explosion, according to the state news agency. The statement also affirmed the kingdom's full support and solidarity with the Lebanese people.

Rescuers searched for survivors in Beirut Wednesday after a cataclysmic explosion at the port sowed devastation across entire neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands and plunging Lebanon deeper into crisis.

The blast, which appeared to have been caused by a fire igniting 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate left unsecured in a warehouse, was felt as far away as Cyprus, some 150 miles (240 kilometres) to the northwest.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries paid tribute to victims of the two powerful blasts that rocked Beirut on Tuesday, pledging they will be sending medical assistance to Lebanon.

Kuwait issued an Emiri decree to send medical assistance to Lebanon.

 

The aid Kuwait sent arrived to Lebanon this morning in coordination between the ministry of foreign affairs and ministry of defense, as the said transported by a military plane.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "Kuwait expresses great sorrow and pain after the huge explosion that occurred yesterday, which led to the killing and wounding of dozens, in addition to huge material losses. Kuwait supports Lebanon and send its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and  wishes for those suffering a speedy recovery"

Kuwait Minister of Health, Basel Al Sabah spoke with Lebanese health minister to express his sorrow.

Fully equipped field hospitals from Qatar  to assist victims of the Beirut port blast will arrive in Lebanon on Wednesday, Lebanon's National News Agency reported.

It said two field hospitals, each designed for 500 beds, will be sent to Lebanon by Qatar.

Another hospital will be sent by the Iraqi authorities. Baghdad also pledged to send fuel to Lebanon.

Meanwhile, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash tweeted that “our hearts are with Beirut and its people.”

He posted the tribute alongside an image of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, illuminated in the colors of the Lebanese flag.

“Our prayers during these difficult hours are that God... protects brotherly Lebanon and the Lebanese to reduce their affliction and heal their wounds,” he wrote.

Gulf countries maintain close ties with Beirut and have long provided financial aid and diplomatic assistance to mediate Lebanon’s political and sectarian divisions.

Bahrain’s foreign ministry urged its nationals in Lebanon to contact the ministry’s operations center or Manama’s representative in Beirut, while Kuwait ordered its citizens to take extreme caution and stay indoors.

It also asked those in need of assistance to contact their embassy.

Source: Gulfnews.com

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