A C-130 military aircraft with a special rescue team (EMAK), one dog, two vehicles and equipment on board took off from the Elefsina airport for Beirut, on Wednesday morning. This was Greece’s immediate relief response to the explosion disaster in Beirut that has cost so far the lives of over 100 people, injured more than 4,000, while many are still missing and trapped under the rubble.
Greece sends C-130 with EMAK Rescue Team for SAR operations to Beirut
The team of the Special Disaster Unit (EMAK) of the Greek Fire Service includes 12 members, one sniffer dog, two vehicles and equipment essential for Search And Rescue operations.
On board of the military aircraft was also Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis.
Greece was among the first countries to offer assistance to Lebanese authorities that following the disaster submitted a request to the EU Civil protection Mechanism.
In a statement the Greek Civil Protection said that it remains in contact with Lebanese authorities and stands ready to send more assistance, if requested.
Greece has offered to send additional help and medical equipment to Lebanon.
One Greek woman died and four other Greeks are among the injured in Beirut explosion.