Egypt’s Ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Elwi and other Egyptian and Lebanese officials receiving the new aid shipment. (Photo: the official Facebook page of the Egyptian embassy in Beirut)
The first of a series of aid shipments sent by sea from Egypt to Lebanon arrived on Friday, state-run MENA agency reported, as Cairo continues to support Beirut in the aftermath of a deadly explosion earlier this month.
The aid-laden ship was received by Egypt’s Ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Elwi and other Egyptian and Lebanese officials.
It carried around 125 tons of glass, provided by the Federation of Egyptian Industries to help with repairs in the capital.
The explosion at Beirut’s port on 4 August killed at least 171 people and injured thousands.
Egypt has sent several aid shipments to Lebanon since then through an airlift, per President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s orders.
The latest on Wednesday saw two military planes carrying medical and food aid, prepared in coordination with the Egyptian Red Crescent and a number of civil society groups, sent to Beirut.
The explosion, the most powerful ever to take place in Beirut, caused property damage worth $10-15 billion disabled the country’s main entry port for imports, required to feed the nation of more than 6 million people.