United States Sends Aid to Lebanon Following Deadly Blast
In Beirut, where about 300 thousand people were left homeless, massive protests are taking place. A group of ex-military seized the Lebanese Foreign Ministry building, announcing the beginning of the revolution
President Donald Trump personally oversees the delivery of American emergency aid to Lebanon, starting with food, water and medicine. The decision to provide assistance was made after an explosion of enormous destructive force occurred in Beirut on Tuesday. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien announced this on Friday..
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In addition, the US will continue to work with the Lebanese authorities to identify further health and humanitarian needs and provide additional support to the country. The statement says the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a disaster relief team to coordinate and deliver cargo to Lebanon..
Consequences of a powerful explosion in the port of Beirut: aerial photography
According to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the Trump administration initially pledged over $ 17 million to the country and “will continue to help the Lebanese people as they recover from this tragedy.”.
Pompeo said the US is also joining other countries in urging Beirut to thoroughly investigate the causes of the explosion..
On Friday, UN rescuers searched for people who might have survived in buildings destroyed by the explosions. French and Russian rescue teams with dogs also searched the area on Friday..
Lebanese authorities estimate that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate accumulated in port warehouses over the past six years have led to explosions that have killed about 150 people, injured more than 5,000 and left 300,000 homeless..
Among the victims of the explosion was 55-year-old Hedwig Waltmans-Moliere, wife of the Dutch ambassador to Lebanon. She died from injuries sustained in the explosion, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. At the time of the explosion, the woman was at home next to her husband.
Human rights Watch activists were the first to call for an independent investigation into the explosion. International experts should be allowed to travel to Lebanon to “determine the causes and responsibility for the explosion and recommend measures to prevent this from happening again.”.
Russia delivered a mobile military hospital with 50 paramedics to Lebanon. Another field hospital was provided by Qatar, and Iraq will help Lebanon with a team of doctors and send several trucks with the necessary materials..
Protests in Beirut: a group of ex-military announces the beginning of a “revolution”
Meanwhile, on Saturday, mass protests began in Beirut, which became a negative reaction of society to the actions of the country’s authorities. A group of protesters led by retired Lebanese army officers stormed the Foreign Ministry in Beirut on Saturday and declared it the “headquarters of the revolution.”.
The takeover of the building was broadcast live on local television.
A group of former military personnel broke into the Lebanese Foreign Ministry building, declaring it the headquarters of the revolution
“We declare the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the headquarters of the revolution,” retired officer Sami Rammah said. “We call on all the suffering Lebanese people to take to the streets and demand that the corrupt authorities be prosecuted.”.
“We call on all our Arab allies and other allied countries, as well as the Arab League and the United Nations, to see our revolution as representing the interests of the Lebanese people,” he said..
Protests in downtown Beirut
Reuters, citing the Lebanese Red Cross, reported that more than 110 people were injured during protests in Beirut on Saturday, 32 were taken to hospitals..
Police used tear gas on demonstrators trying to get into the country’s parliament building.
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