EU to allocate 33 million Euros in emergency aid to Lebanon
6 de agosto de 2020, 14:44Brussels, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) The European Union (EU) announced today that it will allocate 33 million euros to finance initial emergency aid to Lebanon, following Tuesday's violent explosions in the port area of Beirut.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, specified that the amount equivalent to about 39 million dollars will essentially be used to send medical equipment and critical infrastructure protection material.
The announcement came after a telephone conversation between the head of the Commission and Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, two days ago when powerful explosions killed at least 137 people, injured more than 5,000 and left dozens of people missing, as well as significant material damage yet to be quantified.
According to Mr von der Leyen, the EU is also planning to help the Middle Eastern nation 'carry out a comprehensive needs assessment for reconstruction,' which would involve increased financial support.
Sources from the EU group said that a donors' conference is being considered to mobilise additional funds for this purpose.
Yesterday the Commission announced the urgent dispatch of around 100 highly trained firefighters, as well as vehicles, dogs and specialised equipment in urban contexts, to assist in operations to rescue missing persons. The communiqué indicated that the EU stands ready to send further support if requested by Beirut.
|By the minute||Most read|