Riyadh (UNA-OIC) – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced the launch of an airlift of medical aid to Lebanon after Tuesday’s devastating explosion in Beirut, which left thousands of people dead and injured, as well as huge damage to property and infrastructure.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which is overseeing the relief airlift, said that two planes loaded with over 120 tons of medical and food supplies and tents, left King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh for Beirut.
The aid is escorted by a specialized team from the center to oversee its distribution among the victims of the blast that ripped through the seaport area of the capital Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor-General Dr. Abdullah Al Rabeeah said in a statement that the relief airlift was launched upon directives of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, to provide emergency medical and humanitarian aid to the Lebanese people to support them in overcoming the consequences of the Beirut blast.
“This aid highlights the kingdom’s pivotal role at the world level in offering aid to those in need wherever they are with all impartiality,” he added in the statement.