Russian Il-76 airlifter lands at the Khmeimim Air Base in March 2016 (Courtesy: AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 A.M.) – The Russian Ministry of Emergency said that five planes were sent to Lebanon to help clear the debris from the explosion that occurred at Beirut Port on Tuesday.

The Ministry also announced the dispatch of specialists from the Russian Consumer Protection Agency to Beirut, lab kits to test for coronavirus, clothes and means of protection.

The ministry’s press office told Sputnik: “Five planes belonging to the Russian Ministry of Emergency will be sent as part of the humanitarian work to Beirut to provide assistance and eliminate the effects of the port explosion.”

The press office added: “The aircraft will transport a mobile hospital, doctors and workers from the rescue center, in addition to specialists from the Consumer Protection Authority, as well as laboratories to detect the emerging corona virus, Covid-19.”

A huge explosion shook the port of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, earlier on Tuesday, causing over 80 deaths deaths, 3,500 injuries and great material losses.

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jeff spinner
jeff spinner
2020-08-05 14:10

Still no word about radiation testing to confirm a non-nuclear explosion.
Trump addressed the issue of the explosion in Beirut, but RUSSIA got off their butts and is actually helping.
From the way Trump’s body language and facial expressions were presented, at his “press conference,” yesterday, it gave me the eerie feeling he was taking credit for the explosion. Anyone else read it that way? He was unnecessarily happy faced while giving condolences, imo.

Agnès Lebarbier
Agnès Lebarbier
2020-08-06 11:36

Thanks to Russia, at least they didn’t talk much but they acted. It is not necessary to make Presidential visits but to really help all these people

Agnès Lebarbier
Agnès Lebarbier
2020-08-06 19:08

I see that my comment this morning was not accepted. However, I thanked the rapid intervention of the Russians. Efficiency, professionalism. Thanks to them.