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About 700 French military personnel travel to Beirut to support rescue efforts after the port explosion

August 14, 2020

French Defense Minister Florence Parly reported this Friday about the departure for the Lebanese capital Beirut on the detachment of more than 700 soldiers to help with the rescue and reconstruction tasks after the explosion that devastated the port and the good part of the city, last week.

The contingent arrives in the midst of the extension of the state of emergency that the Lebanese parliament approved last Thursday due to the powerful explosions that killed 170 people and injured 6,000.

“The number is overwhelming. This tragedy has had a great resonance in my country because Lebanon holds a special place in our hearts,” the minister said in statements by BFMTV during her visit to the Lebanese capital.

About 700 French military personnel travel to Beirut to support rescue efforts after the port explosionAbout 700 French military personnel travel to Beirut to support rescue efforts after the port explosion

According to Parly, the contingent includes rescue workers, engineers, divers and repair specialists who took the opportunity to call on the Lebanese authorities to determine the formation of a new government “as soon as possible”.

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