Beirut twin blasts: no casualties reported among members of the Tunisian community
06/08/2020 19:00, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP Special Correspondent Bahija Belmabrouk)- The two Tunisian military aircraft loaded with emergency medical and humanitarian aid landed Thursday at Rafik Hariri airport in Beirut.

They went dispatched, on instructions from President of the Republic Kais Said, in solidarity with the Lebanese people, following the devastating twin blasts in Beirut Tuesday.

Minister Plenipotentiary, chargé d’affaires of the Tunisian Embassy in Lebanon Ridha Chhidiya, who was at the Beirut airport when the two planes landed, said there are no victims among members of the Tunisian community living in Beirut, stressing that the Embassy is ready to help all Tunisian nationals who need it in this difficult situation.

In a statement to TAP special correspondent in Beirut, Chhidiya reported that the number of Tunisians residing in Lebanon stands at about 5 thousand people, including 1200 in Beirut, noting that the Tunisian embassy has been mobilised since the occurrence of this devastating blast to closely monitor the conditions of Tunisians in Beirut.

In this context, he reported that the home of a Tunisian citizen residing in Beirut had been damaged.

The chargé d'affaires said the humanitarian aid sent to Beirut included a message of solidarity and sympathy from Tunisia to the Lebanese people and testified to the depth of the historical relations between the two countries.

For his part, Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Health Fadi Sinan told TAP Lebanon needs additional medical and food aid after the tragedy that struck the port of Beirut through which most food products transit, he said.

He stressed that airlines are open with Tunisia, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq and other countries to receive the aid, expressing his thanks "to the brotherly and friendly countries that have provided emergency aid to the Lebanese people and expressed their solidarity with Lebanon in this harsh ordeal."

The first military plane loaded with humanitarian aid took off from Tunis at around six o'clock in the morning, about three hours before the second aircraft took off.

Defence Minister Imed Hazgui, Minister of Social Affairs and acting Health Minister Mohamed Habib Kchaou, as well as the President’s advisers in charge of diplomatic affairs and national security, Othman Jerandi and Admiral Abderraouf Atallah, respectively, oversaw the loading of this medical and food aid of about 35 tonnes.

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