Belgian Government Sends Aid to Beirut

 In Egypt and the Levant, Defense, Middle East, Air, CBRN

Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin, just announced that a C‑130 mil­i­tary trans­port air­craft will leave from Melsbroek to Beirut with urgent med­ical and human­i­tar­i­an equip­ment for the vic­tims of the huge explo­sion.

Besides the vic­tims and wound­ed, the enor­mous dev­as­ta­tion has also left many people home­less. To help them, mate­r­i­al for tem­po­rary shel­ter will also be sent along.

The gov­ern­ment was also will­ing to send a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary team to Lebanon with mem­bers of the Civil Protection that are spe­cial­ized in the detec­tion of dan­ger­ous sub­stances (CBRN detec­tors), mem­bers of the mil­i­tary com­po­nent of Defence to make a fur­ther assess­ment of the med­ical needs, the mil­i­tary burns unit and some spe­cial­ists to sup­port the whole oper­a­tion. For the time being, how­ev­er, the Lebanese author­i­ties do not see an urgent need for more relief work­ers on site and mainly need relief sup­plies.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Alexander De Croo, decid­ed to allo­cate one mil­lion for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help deal with the med­ical emer­gency on the ground. This is a reori­en­ta­tion of part of the human­i­tar­i­an funds within the exist­ing budget. In addi­tion, he is also con­sult­ing with NGOs and inter­na­tion­al human­i­tar­i­an orga­ni­za­tions for addi­tion­al human­i­tar­i­an efforts.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence, Philippe Goffin had already offered Belgian assis­tance on Tuesday evening to assist Lebanon in over­com­ing the con­se­quences of the ter­ri­ble explo­sion as quick­ly as pos­si­ble. Following the offi­cial Lebanese request with spe­cif­ic needs, Minister Goffin imme­di­ate­ly acti­vat­ed the B‑Fast mech­a­nism and tech­ni­cians from the Ministry of Defence, FPS Home Affairs, FPS Public Health, FPS Bosa, FPS Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation met vir­tu­al­ly to ana­lyze the request.

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