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The King of Jordan sends military field hospital to provide medical support following Beirut blast

By DFID - UK Department for International Development - Jordan: Growth and Opportunity - HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons

King Abdullah II of Jordan has ordered a military field hospital to deploy immediately to Beirut to help treat those injured in the huge blast in the city.

The field hospital, along with medical staff and supplies, is on its way to the Lebanese capital following the explosion on August 4th 2020. At least 100 people were killed and over 4,000 hurt in the blast which shook the whole city. At least another 100 people are missing.

The blast took place in the port area of Beirut. The Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, said it had been caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate which was being stored unsafely in a warehouse at the port. The explosion caused a mushroom cloud which covered the area of the port. Local hospitals were reported to be overwhelmed as the injured were brought in to them for treatment.

Following the explosion, King Abdullah sent his condolences to President Aoun and promised Jordan would send Lebanon whatever help it needed.

The flag at the main entrance to the Royal Hashemite Court will fly at half mast for three days in memory of those killed in the Beirut explosion.

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