WI DAILY NEWS

Date: 11 September 2020

Polish aid for Lebanon

SOURCE: TWITTER / CARITAS POLSKA

Yesterday in the morning, Polish aid for Lebanon set off from Warsaw. Charity organisation Caritas Poland sent the transport of around 10 tonnes of food and hygiene products to Beirut. The capital city, was struck in August by a major explosion of ammonium nitrate stored in the city’s harbor.

The goods were handed to Caritas Lebanon. Onboard the plane there were facemasks, other hygiene products and food, such as oils, sugar and rice. The whole transport weighs 10 tonnes. The goods were gathered by Caritas and mainly Polish companies.

The Polish Defence Ministry offered a Hercules C-130 transport aeroplane of the Polish Air Force to carry the humanitarian aid to Beirut.

The explosion of ammonium nitrate in Beirut occurred on August 4. Around 2,750 tonnes of the substance that was stored in the city’s harbour detonated killing at least 172 people and injuring more than 6,000.

The blast destroyed the grain silo and the harbour’s infrastructure. Around 300,000 people lost their homes due to the blast.

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