Egypt’s Army Chief of Staff arrives in Libya for support after deadly Storm Daniel

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Sep 2023

A military delegation led by Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces Osama Askar arrived in Libya on Tuesday to coordinate the provision of urgent logistical and humanitarian assistance in the wake of Storm Daniel that left thousands killed and missing in the eastern Mediterranean.

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Egypt Chief of Staff Lt. General Osama Askar upon arriving in Libya on Tuesday and meeting Libyan officials to discuss post-storm Daniel s impact ( Photo: Egyptian Armed Forces)


The delegation will work with Libyan authorities to assess the needs of those affected by the storm and provide aid accordingly, the Egyptian Armed Forces announced in a statement.

 The Egyptian military has already sent three aircraft carrying medical supplies, food, and a team of 25 rescuers equipped for aid operations. A fourth aircraft will be used to evacuate the injured and deceased.

The Egyptian Armed Forces expressed its condolences to the victims of the humanitarian disaster and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

In a tweet earlier Tuesday, Turkish Ambassador to Cairo Salih Mutlu Sen thanked the Egyptian military authorities for their help in delivering the first batch of Turkish aid to Libya.

According to the latest official death toll released by the eastern Libyan government, 5,200 people were killed and 8,266 others are still missing.

Earlier Tuesday, President and Commander of the Armed Forces Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting with a number of military commanders and gave directives to provide immediate relief and humanitarian aid by air and sea to Libya and Morocco.

El-Sisi also extended Egypt's sincere condolences to Morocco and Libya, announcing three days of national mourning in Egypt in solidarity with the two countries, which have seen thousands of deaths in recent days following an earthquake and storm. 

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