Lebanon, explosion in Beirut port

Turkey to build a hospital for affected by Beirut explosion

Turkey has already sent a plane equipped with emergency aid and medical and rescue personnel to Beirut.

The Turkish government has confirmed that it will build a field hospital in Beirut to assist the wounded affected by the gigantic explosion that shook the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, leaving a provisional balance of 135 dead and some 5,000 injured so far.

“Following the orders of the President (Erdoğan), search and rescue teams and emergency medical personnel are being sent to the area thanks to the initiatives launched by the Ministry of Health, the Agency for Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD), and the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay). We are also planning to build a field hospital there,” Turkish foreign spokesman Hami Aksoy told the media.

Aksoy, underlining the close ties of friendship between Turks and Lebanese, added that Turkey will also send medicines and medical equipment to the disaster area, which will add to the immediate emergency aid that Turkey has already sent by air to Beirut. “We will continue to support the friendly and brotherly people of Lebanon, in the hope that they will overcome these difficulties as soon as possible,” Aksoy said.

Turkey sends a plane with humanitarian aid to Lebanon

A Turkish Air Force plane with aid and medical personnel left Ankara late Wednesday for Beirut; the plane carried 21 people specialised in medical assistance in emergency situations, two emergency units, three tents, medicines and medical equipment, 10 AFAD members with their equipment, a search and rescue vehicle, three members of Kızılay, a search and rescue group and several medical and humanitarian aid.

“We are going to stay here until the end of this disaster,” said Mehmet Güllüoğlu, president of AFAD, on his arrival at the Beirut airport while accompanying the team that departed with the first plane for Lebanon. Güllüoğlu noted that the staff assigned by Turkey to Beirut include trauma experts, surgeons, orthopaedic specialists, and emergency physicians.

Erdoğan was one of the first world leaders to call Lebanese President Michel Aoun after the explosion in Beirut, to whom he offered his condolences and all the help he needed from Turkey, from where the initiative to build the field hospital would have come. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has reported that there are 5 Turkish citizens slightly injured in the disaster, and that one of them has undergone surgery.