Workers in Qatar load a field hospital onto a flight to Beiruit to help Lebanon treat the more than 4,000 injured people on Tuesday’s monster blast. — AFP/VNA Photo BEIRUT — Countries dispatched emergency medical aid, pop-up field hospitals, rescue experts and tracking dogs to Lebanon on Wednesday as the world reacted to the vast explosion that devastated Beirut. The blast centred on the city’s port caused massive destruction and killed at least 113 people, heaping misery on a country already in crisis. Gulf states were among the first to respond, with Qatar sending mobile hospitals to ease pressure on Lebanon’s medical system, already strained by the coronavirus pandemic. A Qatari air force plane delivered hundreds of collapsible beds, generators and burn sheets in the first of a convoy of flights to Beirut. Kuwait also sent medical supplies as the Lebanese Red Cross said more than 4,000 people were being treated for injuries after the explosion, which sent glass shards and debris flying. A Greek C-130 army transport plane bearing a dozen rescuers landed at Beirut’s airport, itself damaged in the catastrophic explosion. Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called on “friendly countries” to support a nation already reeling… Read full this story
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