The EU promises emergency aid of EUR 33 million to Lebanon – the European Union

European Commission (EC) President Urzula von der Leiena announced on Thursday that the European Union (EU) will provide 33 million euros in emergency aid to Lebanon.

The money will be used, among other things, to buy medical equipment, Leiena said in a telephone conversation with Lebanese Prime Minister Hasan Diaba.

The EC will consider further assistance based on an assessment of current humanitarian needs.

Leiena also offered EU support to assess Beirut’s reconstruction and Lebanon’s recovery needs.

According to preliminary data, 137 people were killed in Tuesday’s explosion, about 5,000 were injured and dozens more were missing.

City Governor Marwan Abud said up to 300,000 people were left homeless in Beirut, with many buildings destroyed by the explosion.

Abuds revealed that a 2014 security report warned of an explosion in the Lebanese capital because highly explosive materials were not stored in a way that would guarantee public safety.

According to him, the amount of damage varies between three and five billion dollars or maybe more.

Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diabs announced on Tuesday that 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in agricultural fertilizer had been exploded and stored in a port warehouse for six years.

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