The European Union has urgently dispatched around 100 “well-trained” firefighters, vehicles, dogs and special equipment to urban areas in Lebanon to help rescue workers for the missing after the explosions in the Beirut port area.
In a statement, the European Commission, at the request of the Lebanese authorities and the Community’s Copernicus satellite imaging system, announced that it would activate the European Civil Protection Mechanism to assess the extent of the damage caused by the explosions.
Crisis management commissioner Janez Lenarcic has reported that the Netherlands, Greece and the Czech Republic have confirmed their participation in this “critical operation”. France, Poland and Germany have also offered help through the civil protection mechanism.
This is an “immediate first step” in Brussels after two explosions on Tuesday afternoon in the Beirut port area claimed more than a hundred dead and around 4,000 wounded, the Secretary General reported on Wednesday. of the Lebanese Red Cross, George Kettneh, quoted by the Lebanese press.