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Egypt is preparing more large shipments of medical aid and food supplies to send to heavily burdened Lebanon after a massive deadly warehouse explosion hit the capital Beirut last week, the cabinet said in a statement Sunday.
The new shipments include 16 tons of medical supplies and equipment, 140 tons of foodstuffs, as well as clothes to support the Lebanese people after the mega blast that killed at least 158 people, injured 6,000 and left a quarter of a million homeless.
Around two dozen medical staff specialising in anesthesia, general surgery, cosmetic surgery, and intensive care will be sent to Lebanon, Minister of Health Hala Zayed was quoted as saying in the statement.
Non-profit organisations, including the Egyptian Food Bank and Misr El-Kheir, will dispatch 140 tons of food to Lebanon, Minister of Social Solidarity Neveen Al-Qabbaj said.
The Egyptian Red Crescent has prepared a shipment of medical gear including 6,000 medical suits, 1,000 medical gowns and other items, while the Egyptian Clothing Bank is providing a shipment of clothes.
Egypt has taken several steps to provide assistance to Lebanon, including sending two planes loaded with medical and food supplies to Beirut in the past days.
Cairo on Saturday delivered to Beirut 14 tons of aid, including food and flour, amid fears over Lebanon's lack of a strategic stockpile of grains after the deadly explosion destroyed stocks in the main grain silo in the country already battling an economic crisis and rising coronavirus cases.
The assistance, on the instruction of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, aims to deliver medical aid, food, specialised medical teams, and construction materials and glass panels for reconstruction.
An Egyptian field hospital in Beirut is also providing aid to victims of the blast.
The devastating blast on Tuesday, the biggest in Beirut’s history, damaged buildings across the capital and ripped through entire neighbourhoods.
Lebanese officials said the explosion was caused by 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at the port for six years after being confiscated from a ship.
Countries around the world have rallied to offer support to Lebanon, providing aid packages, rescue and medical teams and humanitarian aid. These include Britain, France, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.