The Lebanese government has declared a state of emergency in Beirut for two weeks


The Red Cross is working with the state health authorities to set up field hospitals, while some of the city’s medical centers have been affected by the blast themselves. Many countries around the world, including Israel, have offered help to Lebanon whose economy is in a slump. Israeli sources were quick to deny involvement in the matter, amid tensions with Hezbollah that threatens to respond to its active killing in an air strike in Syria.

The Gulf states, which in the past have poured a lot of money into Lebanon but have halted it in recent years due to the growing Iranian influence, have sent planes with medical equipment and other supplies. Iran offered food and a field hospital.

The United States, Britain, France and other Western countries, which demanded political changes for international aid before yesterday’s disaster, offered help. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned to former Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who resigned after street demonstrations last year. French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to arrive in Lebanon tomorrow and meet with local political figures.


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