Sri Lankan Plane Carrying Humanitarian Aid Lands In Beirut

Sri Lankan Plane With Humanitarian Aid Lands In Beirut
Sri Lankan Embassy in Beirut | AFP

The daily flow of supplies and humanitarian aid into Lebanon from across the world is continuing uninterrupted, 11 days after the horrific Beirut Port explosion.

A SriLankan Airlines plane carrying aid has arrived at Beirut-Rafik Hariri International Airport, the Lebanese Army said in a tweet late on Friday.

In their most recent statement since August 4th, Sri Lankan embassy officials in Lebanon said that 20 Sri Lankans had been injured during the devastating blast.

This number rose from the initial 10 reported by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs two days after the explosion, when the Ministry announced that Sri Lanka would soon send food, dry rations, and other relief items to Beirut.

On Friday, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Lebanon Shani Karunaratne said that “all relevant measures were taken to provide relief for the injured.”

“Several injured Sri Lankans will return to the island tomorrow aboard the flight,” Karunaratne added, referring to a scheduled flight that will take 250 Sri Lankan nationals back to their homeland on Saturday.

The Sri Lankan airliner is part of the latest wave of aid packages to arrive in Lebanon after last week’s deadly explosion.

Yesterday, the Iraqi Cabinet approved a decision to send 13,000 tons of wheat, in addition to various other supplies, to the afflicted country; the Iraqi plane carrying these supplies arrived Saturday morning.

In addition to the individual pledges of support from numerous countries, “the world” has amassed close to $300 million in relief for Lebanon in a donor conference recently co-hosted by the United Nations and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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