India sends medical, food supplies including sugar to Lebanon

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India on Friday sent relief material, including sugar, medical and food supplies, to Lebanon following the explosions in Beirut that killed more many people and severla injured.

Embassy of India, Beirut handed over more than 70 MT of emergency humanitarian aid on behalf of the Government of India to the Government and People of Lebanon.

After the tragic explosions of August 4, 2020, more than 170 killed and major part of central Beirut damaged and devastated. India has been standing in solidarity with Lebanon ever since the tragic explosions.

On Friday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “India demonstrates solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of the tragic explosions in Beirut. 58 MT of emergency humanitarian aid, including crucial medical and food supplies, is on its way to Beirut in IAF C17 aircraft.”

EAM spokesperson Anurag Srivastava, tweeted, “India stands in solidarity with #Lebanon. Today C-17 of @IAF_MCC delivered 58 MT of humanitarian aid from India to the people of Lebanon to assist relief efforts in wake of the tragic #BeirutBlast.”

The aid contains crucial medical supplies for handling immediate aftermath of the trauma and other illnesses. Food aid includes wheat flour, sugar and lentils. The aid also contains other relief supplies like blankets and mattresses which are required in light of large number of people being rendered homeless. The aid, which was brought by a special Indian Air Force C-17 plane was handed over by Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan, today morning, to the senior officials of Lebanese Armed Forces which is coordinating all the relief efforts.

In light of the spike in the Covid-19 cases in Lebanon, Government of India will also supply Personal Protection Equipment to the Lebanese Ministry of Health, including surgical gloves and surgical gowns, shortly.

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