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Kuwaiti aid pours into disaster-hit Lebanon

BEIRUT: Aid relief arrives to Lebanon from Kuwait on Saturday. – KUNA photos

BEIRUT: Planeloads of Kuwaiti aid flowed into Lebanon on Saturday just days after Beirut’s deadliest peace-time explosion sparked unspeakable devastation across the Mediterranean city. A pair of planes laden with medical supplies and food arrived in Beirut’s international airport as part of ongoing aid delivery to a country still reeling from the tragedy, the Kuwaiti embassy in Lebanon said in a statement.

“We have just received two Kuwaiti planes carrying emergency aid as per instructions given by His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah,” embassy advisor Abdullah Al-Shaheen said, pointing out that such support will continue “in this time of adversity.”

A Kuwait Red Crescent and a Lebanese Red Cross workers deliver aid to people affected by the explosion in Beirut.

Thanking Kuwait for the prompt aid, the Lebanese military said the two countries have stood together “through thick and thin,” while Kuwait Red Crescent Society said it would ensure that families who had borne the brunt of the disaster will be the ultimate aid recipients, according to Msaad Al-Enezi, the chief of the charity’s delegation to Lebanon.

A powerful blast in port warehouses near central Beirut on Tuesday killed more than a hundred people and left thousands without inhabitable homes, sending shockwaves that destroyed large swathes of the Lebanese capital. – KUNA

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