UAE ship carrying 2,400 tonnes of aid headed for Beirut

Food, medical supplies, PPE and clothes sent to Lebanese capital following deadly blast last month

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A ship loaded with 2,400 tonnes of aid left the Emirates for Beirut on Tuesday.

The aid was dispatched by Emirates Red Crescent in co-ordination for the Lebanese Embassy in the UAE, on the orders of Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and chairman of the organisation.

The shipment includes food, medical supplies, children’s food supplements, sanitisers, personal protective equipment and clothes. It aims to support the Lebanese community affected by last month's explosion at Beirut Port that killed almost 180 people and injured more than 6,000.

The blast collapsed buildings and shattered windows tens of kilometres away, causing an estimated $20 billion in damages, according to a report by Strategy&.

ERC officials and Fouad Dandan, Lebanese Ambassador to the UAE, watched the ship leave for Beirut from Jebel Ali port in Dubai.

"The ERC has drafted a comprehensive plan, in co-ordination with the Humanitarian and Development Affairs Office of the UAE Embassy in Beirut and relevant Lebanese authorities, to distribute the ship’s contents to people affected by the crisis," said Dr Mohammed Al Falahi, Secretary-General of the ERC.

He said the UAE would continue to support the Lebanese people with more aid deliveries and initiatives planned, reported state news agency Wam.

Mr Dandan thanked the UAE for its assistance saying the country has always supported Lebanon.

Last month, two planes loaded with 30 tonnes of aid left Dubai International Humanitarian City for Beirut. The shipments were the third sent from Dubai to the Lebanese capital in August.

Immediately after the explosion, humanitarian agencies sent 43 tonnes of aid from the Dubai base. Syringes, bandages and surgical gowns were among the supplies on board worth more than Dh2 million.

On August 12, a second shipment containing 24.8 tonnes of medical aid left Dubai for Beirut. Worth more than $1.4 million (Dh5m), the aid contained urgent medical equipment, as well as PPE for front-line healthcare workers.