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Lebanon after explosion: Jordan, Egypt send food and medical supplies

Beirut, Lebanon: Jordan and Egypt sent aid to Lebanon on Thursday where more than 140 people were killed by an explosion in the city's port on Tuesday. Jordan sent a military field hospital that encompassed 48 beds, 10 ICU beds, two operating rooms, and an X-ray lab, along with 160 staff members.

Meanwhile a military plane carrying medical aid that left Egypt also contained food packages sent by al-Azhar University. Dozens are missing and up to a quarter of a million people were left without homes fit for living in Beirut, after shockwaves smashed building facades, sucked furniture out into streets and shattered windows miles inland.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab declared three days of mourning from Thursday for victims of the explosion, the most devastating ever to hit the city that is still scarred by civil war three decades ago and reeling from a financial meltdown and surge in coronavirus cases.
Officials have blamed the disaster on a huge stockpile of highly explosive material held for years at the port in unsafe conditions. The government has ordered port officials to be put under house arrest, ministerial sources told Reuters.

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