EU sympathizes with Lebanon after explosions; sends urgent aid
Brussels, Aug 5 (Prensa Latina) Leaders of the European Union (EU) expressed solidarity with Lebanon after the explosions that shook Beirut, and announced they will be sending urgent aid to support rescue operations.
The regional bloc's chief of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, Tweeted expressing 'full solidarity and his full support for the families of the victims, the population and the Lebanese authorities due to the violent explosions that have affected Beirut.'
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, affirmed on his side that the bloc is prepared to provide assistance and support to that country, and also sent his condolences to the families of the victims and to the general population.
Explosions of a shocking magnitude shook the port area of the Lebanese capital yesterday, with a preliminary balance of over 100 dead and some 4,000 wounded, according to information offered by local authorities.
The European Commission announced in a statement the urgent dispatch of a hundred highly trained firefighters, as well as specialized vehicles, dogs and equipment for operations in urban environments, to assist in the search and rescue of missing persons.
The text indicated that this is 'a first step' to support Lebanon, while the EU remains willing to send more support if requested by Beirut.
The community group activated, at the request of the Lebanese authorities, the European Civil Protection Mechanism, as well as the Copernicus satellite imagery system to assess the extent of the damage caused by the explosions.
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