Egypt’s Mistral unloads heavy equipment, aid at Tobruk

Ahram Online , Monday 18 Sep 2023

Heavy equipment – including excavators, cranes, and electric generators – and other aid that were shipped aboard the Egyptian Navy’s Mistral carrier was unloaded on Sunday at Tobruk, in northeast Libya.

Rescue teams assist in relief work in Libya s eastern city of Derna on September 18, 2023 following deadly flash floods. A week after a tsunami-sized flash flood devastated the Libyan coastal city of Derna, sweeping thousands to their deaths, the international aid effort to help the grieving survivors slowly gathered pace. AFP


Egyptian and Libyan authorities are currently coordinating the distribution of Egyptian aid for the survivors of the devastating floods caused by Storm Daniel, according to media reports.

The Egyptian Mistral, named Gamal Abdel-Nasser, arrived in Tobruk on Sunday, where it will function as a field hospital, reported MENA.

The Mistral also carried 102 containers on board, 79 of which include subsistence supplies, in addition to various medical supplies.

The deployment of the Gamal Abdel-Nasser on its first official mission to Libya is a great step, given the large equipment it carries, according to military experts interviewed by Sky News Arabia.

This aid shipment is part of Egypt's ongoing efforts to assist its neighbouring country.

Last week, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi instructed the military to establish camps within the Western Military Region to accommodate Libyan victims.

Egypt has also dispatched three military planes carrying humanitarian and medical aid to Libya, estimated at EGP 10 million (around $300,000).

Egyptian rescue teams are still working to help recover victims from floods.

So far, the death toll has risen to 11,300 people, according to UN estimates.

Around 10,000 people are still unaccounted for, according to Libyan authorities.


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