Three French planes carrying 20 tons of equipment en route to Lebanon

Wednesday August 5, a few hours after the explosion that struck Beirut, the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, announced the dispatch of a detachment of civil security – intervention and rescue unit of the Ministry of the Interior – as well as the delivery of material to the capital of Lebanon. The three planes which must transport the material will take off from Roissy and Marseille on August 5.

The two explosions that occurred in the port of Beirut on Tuesday August 4 at the end of the day completely destroyed the port and the shock wave demolished a large part of the city. The stocks of ammonium nitrate in one of the port’s warehouses are suspected to be the cause of the disaster. At the moment, we deplore a hundred deaths and more than 4,000 injured.

Material and human support

“Two military planes – an A400M Atlas and an A330 Phénix – take off today to deliver French aid to Lebanon”, said Florence Parly on the morning of August 5, on his T accountwitter. On board, more than 20 tons of material to assist the several thousand wounded.

55 soldiers from the Civil Security Instruction and Intervention Unit n ° 1, based in Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir), will be sent. Sure Twitter, Civil Security, attached to the Ministry of the Interior, specifies: “within this detachment, we find 50 rescue and clearance specialists and five technological risk experts (chemical and / or radioactive, editor’s note). Nine firefighters will join them this afternoon “. In an interview given to LCI, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Foreign Affairs, specifies that a plane “will take off from Marseille with teams of medical responders, immediately operational”.

Heal wounds

On LCI, the Foreign Minister said it is a “reconstruction support, proximity, empathy, immediate humanitarian support that we need. Now is the time to heal the wounds”. “All this is normal for a brother country”, added Jean-Yves Le Drian, who had already visited Lebanon on July 23 to find with Lebanese President Michel Aoun a solution to the impasse of the social, economic and financial crisis that Lebanon has been going through since October 2019 .

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Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will be going to Beirut on Thursday, August 6. “I will go to Beirut tomorrow to meet the Lebanese people to bring them the message of fraternity and solidarity from the French. We will take stock of the situation with the political authorities”.

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