Six burn victims of the Akkar Explosion were boarded onto a Kuwaiti plane late on Sunday to be treated in Kuwait.
The plane took off in the presence of caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan and Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon Abdulaal Al-Kinai after Lebanese Red Cross ambulances had transported the victims to the plane.
The wounded are all Lebanese Army military men, and the degrees of their burns vary, according to the National News Agency.
This comes after eight victims of the Akkar Explosion were transported for treatment in Turkey, which means that the total number of victims being treated abroad is now 14.
Caretaker Minister Hasan thanked Kuwait for the initiative, shedding light on the difficult stage that Lebanon’s healthcare and hospital sector is going through due to the ongoing economic crisis.
“Unfortunately, despite the availability of human cadres and the necessary expertise, we are suffering today – and this is no secret – the elements of patient support; there are hospital institutions that are groaning, and today the cry reaches the medical apparatus and team in terms of even reaching hospitals,” he said.
On his part, Ambassador Al-Kinai expressed his condolences to the families of explosion victims and prayed for the quick recovery of the wounded, stressing Kuwait’s continued support for Lebanon.