News ID: 272567
Published: 0721 GMT August 06, 2020
International Desk

Lebanese minister hails Iran’s field hospital deployment in Beirut

Lebanese minister hails Iran’s field hospital deployment in Beirut

Lebanon’s Health Minister Hamad Hasan praised Iran’s rapid reaction for helping Lebanon after the massive tragic explosion during a visit on Thursday afternoon to a field hospital set up by Iran in Beirut’s Hadath University campus.

According to the Lebanese Al-Ahed news website, Hasan said that Iran’s aid supplies to Beirut, sent by the country’s Red Crescent Society, included foodstuff, medicines and medical equipment.

Two consignments of Iran's aid supplies have so far arrived in Beirut. the First humanitarian aid was sent to the Lebanese capital hours after the tragedy on Tuesday. A third shipment was also to be delivered on Wednesday.

Referring to a number of countries that rushed to help Lebanon after the fatal blast, Hasan said planeloads of humanitarian aid have arrived in Beirut since Wednesday from Iran, Turkey, Kuwait and France.

Earlier in the day, the Lebanese minister visited another field hospital built by Russia in the Lebanese capital.

He said similar hospitals are to be set up all over Beirut to provide medical services to those injured due to the disastrous blast which has so far left at least 137 dead and more than 5,000 injured.

Dozens remain missing and some 300,000 have been made homeless by the fatal explosion which was described by the governor of Beirut as an “apocalyptic situation”.

According to Abbas Ibrahim, head of Lebanon’s General Security, a fire at a warehouse in Beirut where “highly explosive materials” ammonium nitrate confiscated earlier had been stored triggered the massive explosion on Tuesday afternoon, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Iran’s senior authorities have extended their condolences and sympathy to the people and government of Lebanon in separate messages following the fatal incident.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday in a Tweeted message said: “We sympathize with the dear citizens of Lebanon and stand by them in the painful tragedy of the explosion in Beirut port, which killed and injured a large number of people and caused severe damage. Patience in the face of this tragedy will be a golden page in Lebanon’s honor.”

President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday in a telephone call to his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun, stressed that the Iranian nation and government will always stand by the people and government of Lebanon and spare no efforts to help them. He voiced Iran’s readiness to provide food, medicine, and health equipment for Lebanon.

“Stay strong Lebanon,” said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message hours after the deadly blast addressing the Lebanese people and government.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday night reiterating, “As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary.”

In another development, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said in a message on Thursday that Iran will not leave the Lebanese nation alone in difficult times.

He added, "All our capacities" are to be used for helping the Lebanese nation.

Moreover, Top Adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said that Iran will stand by the Lebanese government and people as it has always used to.

He added that the tragic incident in Beirut “which killed and injured a number of dear Lebanese people, saddened the Iranian nation.”

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