One of the containers of food and emergency relief supplies which was sent by Egypt to Lebanon. Photo courtesy of Ministry of Social Solidarity Facebook page.
Nevine El-Qabbaj, the Minister of Social Solidarity and Vice-Chairman of the Egyptian Red Crescent, had directed the Red Crescent and other NGOs to urgently prepare and send relief aid to Lebanon, according to a statement released by the ministry on Thursday.
The directive was in line with the government's desire to rekindle the Arab spirit, the need to provide support to brotherly countries, especially in times of crises and ordeals, and the implementation of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly’s directives, the statement said.
In recent months, Egypt has sent multiple aid shipments to Lebanon to help the country face economic hardships and the coronavirus pandemic.
The new aid shipment comes in light of the ongoing economic crisis in the country and recent bad weather conditions.
The emergency relief aid to Lebanon has been provided by Misr El-Kheir Foundation, Resala and the Egyptian Food and Clothing Banks, the statement said, in addition to aid provided by other government entities.
El-Qabbaj expressed appreciation for the participation of civil society organisations in preparing the aid, commending the efforts of the volunteers from the Egyptian Red Crescent in completing the logistical preparation of the cargo to send the aid by sea to the Lebanese Red Cross.
The Egyptian Red Crescent Society responded in 2021 to a group of international calls, which included North and South Sudan, Djibouti, Lebanon and Gaza.