Much of Europe is stepping forward to help Lebanon overcome the disastrous aftermath of the explosion that struck its main port, killed at least 135, injured thousands, and displaced over 300,000.
In response to the afflicted country’s cry for help, Poland’s State Fire Service (PSP) has sent a team of trained individuals, including over 30 rescuers, accompanied by 4 dogs, and a chemical rescue module.
Commenting on the horrific explosion, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki had said that Poland would also send medical supplies and aid to Lebanon, declaring: “We cannot be indifferent to such tragedies and will not be.”
“Along with Interior Minister Mariusz Kamiński, we have decided to send aid to Beirut,” the Polish PM had said.
Similarly, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced that he had spoken with his Lebanese counterpart, Minister Charbel Wehbe, to enquire, “how Germany can help quickly and without red tape.”
“The images of the massive destruction in the middle of the city shook me deeply,” German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in turn, told Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
A similar message has been conveyed by The Netherlands, which has deployed a search and rescue team to Beirut to assist Lebanon’s overwhelmed response to the national disaster.
These countries are three of numerous others that have stepped forth to send support to and express solidarity with Lebanon from Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
One of the ways through which some of these countries are standing with the Lebanese during this dark period is by lighting up their iconic landmarks with the Lebanese flag and phrases of solidarity and support.