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Comment by the Information and Press Department on Russia’s humanitarian operation in Lebanon
On August 4, a large explosion at the Port of Beirut killed many and caused significant destruction. A state of emergency was declared. Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon Hassan Diab asked foreign states for help.
In this connection, in line with the instructions of President of Russia Vladimir Putin, the Russian Emergencies Ministry in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry and the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor) are developing a plan to provide emergency humanitarian aid to the friendly nation of Lebanon to relieve the disaster. It was decided to send a rescue group with the necessary equipment to Beirut for search-and-rescue operations in ruined buildings as well as an airmobile hospital of the Ministry of Emergencies and a mobile PCR laboratory of Rospotrebnadzor.
The Lebanese leadership welcomed Russia’s initiative and expressed its gratitude for the readiness to help. Now the parties are agreeing immediate hands-on steps to prepare Russia’s humanitarian operation in Lebanon that will be launched soon.