Egypt delivers two tons of medical aid to Beirut's hard-hit Karantina hospital

Ahram Online , Saturday 15 Aug 2020

Egypt will send a ship carrying glass, aluminum and insulating materials to Lebanon next week


Egypt sent two tons of medical aid to the Karantina Governmental Hospital in Beirut, less than two weeks after a deadly blast rocked the Lebanese capital, a statement by the Egyptian Embassy in Beirut read.

During his visit to the Karantina Hospital, Egypt’s Ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Elwi said the aid is part of Egypt’s efforts to support the Lebanese medical system, which has been hit by economic and political crises, the coronavirus pandemic, and the blast.

Elwi said the 180-year-old hospital has witnessed the strong ties between the two Arab countries. The Karantina was established by Ibrahim Pasha, son of Mohamed Ali Pasha, who ruled Egypt from 1805 to 1848.

Egypt will send a ship carrying glass, aluminum and insulating materials to Lebanon next week, Elwi said, adding Lebanon has become in dire need of such materials after the blast.

The massive blast, which turned Beirut into an apocalyptic city, was blamed on the ignition of 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse at Beirut Port. Over 170 people were killed, thousands were wounded, and hundreds of thousands of Beirut residents lost their homes.

Violent protests swept the capital, forcing the government to resign a few days after the blast.

Following the explosion, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced opening an air bridge to the Lebanese capital to deliver medical aid, food, specialised medical teams, construction materials and glass panels for reconstruction.

On Wednesday, Egypt sent an emergency shipment of 14 tons of flour to help support Lebanon's strategic stockpile of grains following the destruction of the main silos in the blast.

The plane was Egypt’s fourth aid shipment to Lebanon. 

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