Lebanon: EU delivers additional emergency assistance following the explosion in Beirut
On 31st of August a second European Union (EU) Humanitarian Air bridge flight lands in Beirut, Lebanon, delivering 12 tonnes of essential humanitarian supplies and medical equipment, including a mobile hospital and face masks. The transportation cost of the flight is fully covered by the EU, while the cargo was provided by the Spanish authorities, the Philips Foundation and the University of Antwerp.
Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “The EU continues to support Lebanon with the most needed assistance. We delivered 29 tonnes of essential supplies since the explosion, as well as over EUR 64 million in emergency funding. My gratitude goes to all European countries and our partners on the ground who have shown their solidarity with Lebanon at this difficult time by offering crucial support.”
The material delivered today will help the most vulnerable with medical needs following the explosion at the Beirut port and the intensifying coronavirus pandemic. This is a second Humanitarian Air Bridge organised by the EU, following the first one on 13 August.