Medical societies funded by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief (KSrelief) in Lebanon assisted in the rescue and relief operations on Tuesday evening in the aftermath of the massive explosion at the Beirut port that devastated large parts of the city.
Ambulance teams from Souboul Al Salam Relief Team, funded by KSrelief, went from north of Lebanon to Beirut to support the Lebanese medical teams in helping transport the injured to hospitals.
A specialized team from Al-Amal Medical Center, another affiliate of KSRelief in Arsal, provided emergency health care services in Beirut.
Al Amal Center also announced that it had launched a blood donation campaign to meet the needs of the injured in Beirut hospitals.
More than 100 killed, 4,000 injured: Lebanese Red Cross
According to the Lebanese Red Cross, the blast resulted in more than 100 people and injured over 4,000, they said on Wednesday.
“Until now over 4,000 people have been injured and over 100 have lost their lives. Our teams are still conducting search and rescue operations in the surrounding areas,” the Red Cross statement said.
However contradicting the report by the Red Cross, Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan told a local television that the death toll neared 80.
“We have compiled a list of aid and sent it to several countries,” Hassan said. “We need everything to hospitalize the victims, and there is a acute shortage of everything.”
The governor of Lebanon's Beirut, Marwan Abboud, said that the value of damages caused by the explosion which shook the capital ranges between $3 billion and $5 billion, according to the Lebanese National News Agency.
“I think there are between 250,000 and 300,000 people who are now without homes,” Abboud said.
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