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Russia sends five planes with doctors and rescuers to Beirut

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Russia sends five planes with doctors and rescuers to Beirut


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Russia is sending a field hospital and doctors to the Lebanese capital, which has suffered from a major explosion, TASS reports.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations explained that five planes of the department were flying to Lebanon. They have doctors and rescuers on board. A laboratory for coronavirus testing will be transferred to Beirut. 

All specialists will be provided with protective suits and other personal protective equipment, taking into account the epidemiological situation.

As Russkiy Mir reported earlier, about 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in the seaport area the night before. It was confiscated by customs about five years ago. The blast wave destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings, damaged cars, residential buildings, infrastructure. All the efforts of the authorities are aimed at rescuing the wounded and searching for the dead under the rubble of destroyed buildings in the port.

The number of victims of the explosion has already exceeded 100 people. About 4,000 residents of the city were injured. The capital of Lebanon was recognized as a disaster zone, and a two-week state of emergency was declared. A three-day mourning for the victims began today.

The Russian center for science and culture (RCSC) in Beirut has announced the collection of clothes and essential medicines. The collected items will be handed over to the Ministry of Health. In addition, everyone was offered to join the staff of the  and donate blood.

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