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Egypt repatriates bodies of three nationals killed in Beirut blast

Egypt is operating an air bridge to send medical and food supplies to Lebanon

Ahram Online , Saturday 8 Aug 2020
Beirut blast
The aftermath of the deadly explosion at the port of Lebanon's capital Beirut. (Photo: AFP)
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The bodies of three Egyptians killed in the massive Beirut explosion were repatriated on Saturday, state-run MENA agency reported.

The bodies of the victims were transported to their hometown in Gharbiya governorate shortly after arriving at Cairo International Airport from Beirut.

The three Egyptians killed in the explosion are Ibrahim Abu Qasaba, Aly Shehata and Roshdy El-Gamal, said the Egyptian Embassy in Lebanon.

A massive blast at the city’s port on Tuesday damaged buildings across the capital and sent a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.

Lebanese officials said the explosion was caused by ammonium nitrate, 2,750 tons of which had been stored in a warehouse at the port for six years after being confiscated from a ship.

The explosion killed at least 150 people and injured around 5,000, according to data released by Lebanon’s health ministry.

Egypt has taken several measures to provide assistance to Lebanon, including sending a planeload of medical supplies to Beirut on Wednesday and operating an air bridge to send medical and food supplies, including flour, amid a near food challenge in Lebanon resulting from the crisis.

An Egyptian field hospital in Beirut is also providing aid to victims of the blast.Egypt repatriates bodies of three nationals killed in Beirut blast.

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