news8 agosto 2020

The National Civil Protection Service for Lebanon

Humanitarian aid for medical equipment and team of experts coordinated by the Department of Civil Protection

After the two explosions occurred on August 4th in the port area of Beirut and the immediate request for international assistance made by the Lebanese authorities to the European Commission (DG ECHO), the Italian Government ordered the delivery of humanitarian aid under the coordination of the Civil Protection Department, in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation - MAECI.

The operation is aimed at supporting relief and assistance activities to the population, is part of the Union Mechanism of Civil Protection with the departure from Italy of two C130 aircraft of the Air Force for the transport of medical equipment, and team of experts.

On August 5, a team of fifteen experts of the National Fire Fighters Corps and four representatives of the Armed Forces specialized in NBCR (Nuclear, Biological, Chemical, Radiological) environments, reinforced by four Italian experts based in the area for the assessment of damage to buildings involved in the deflagration.

On August 6, the humanitarian flight organized by MAECI, together with the Civil Protection Department and the Operational Interforce Command, left from the United Nations Humanitarian Emergency Response Base (UNHRD) in Brindisi, with a cargo of more than eight tons of medical material (surgical and trauma kits) made available by the Italian Cooperation.
A few days after the event, the assistance framework of the Union Mechanism of Civil Protection can count on the aid of Italy, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Netherlands, Cyprus, Greece, Denmark, Belgium, Romania, Sweden and Norway.

(Image source: MAECI)