France sent two military planes to Lebanon. Onboard, there are search and rescue experts, 15 tons of sanitary equipment, and a mobile clinic equipped to treat 500 injured.
The French Ministry of Interior announced the news on social media, saying: “Following the explosions yesterday afternoon in Beirut, a Civil Security detachment is leaving this morning to reinforce local assistance.”
The post explained that “55 UIISC 1 firefighters, 50 rescue-clearance specialists, and 5 technology risk experts are mobilized for this mission” and that 9 marine firefighters will join them during the day.
Noting that the French President Emmanuel Macron prompted to announce France’s solidarity with Lebanon in a tweet on the same day of the explosion:
“I express my brotherly solidarity with the Lebanese people after the explosion, which caused a large number of casualties, this evening in Beirut, and caused serious damage. France always stands by Lebanon. French aid is now on its way.”
Interestingly enough, the Tweet of the French President was in Arabic, as if it meant to reach all people in Lebanon with moral support and encouragement to hang on there.