Plane with aid for Lebanon takes off from Warsaw

A Polish plane carrying medical aid, including medicines and bandages, as well as search and medical teams onboard took off on Wednesday at 10 PM local time to Beirut, where a massive explosion killed at least 100 people and injured thousands on Tuesday.

During the Wednesday press conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Paweł Jabłoński pointed out that the action was commissioned by PM Mateusz Morawiecki and is organised in cooperation with the Foreign Affairs ministry, Polish embassy in Lebanon, the Material Reserves Agency and the State Fire Service, which sent its medical and chemical teams.

"We're sending what is urgently needed in the first place. That is primarily a search team because there are still people alive under the rubble", Mr Jabłoński said.

The deputy FM stressed that the plane was only "the first step" and that the help would last for a while.

“Another plane will most likely take off in a few days’ or weeks’ time, it will be a flight that will take our firefighters and doctors working on site back”, Mr Jabłoński said.

“Another medical transport is possible within the next few days as well. We will keep in touch with the Lebanese authorities, and, if needs be, provide them with the necessary humanitarian aid”, he concluded.

According to the Lebanese Red Cross, Tuesday’s blast in Beirut has killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000. The body count is still rising. The blast is believed to have been caused by a fire in a harbour depot containing dangerous chemicals.