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Britain to provide £5,000,000 of humanitarian aid to Beirut after explosion
Britain will provide £5,000,000 of humanitarian aid to Beirut after an explosion killed more than 100 people in the city on Tuesday.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave details of the aid package today, stating that it would include money towards search and rescue help and expert medical support for victims. More than 5,000 people were injured in the blast.
Raab said: ‘We are going to stand by the Lebanese people in their time of need; we are going to provide immediate response and an aid package – an assistance package – search and rescue, humanitarian assistance up to £5,000,000 as well as expert medical support.
‘Whats crucial at this time is that our support is tailored to the very specific needs that Ive just talked through with the Lebanese Prime Minister.’
Raab also noted that the exact number of UK nationals killed or injured in the explosion has not yet been determined.
He said Hassan Diab, the Lebanese Prime Minister, had also told him there would be a ‘full, thorough and rigorous investigation to get to the truth – I think the people of the Lebanon deserve no less and that there will be full accountability’.
International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan also emphasised that the UK was ready to support the people of Beirut. She said: ‘We have all been shocked by the scenes of devastation and suffering in Beirut. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected by this tragedy and who have lost loved ones.
‘The UK stands ready to support the people of Lebanon in their time of need and has offered to send medics and rescue workers to treat those who have been injured.’
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