Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad, who kicked off this solidarity operation, reiterated Algeria's solidarity with brotherly Lebanon during this difficult ordeal, affirming the solidarity of the Algerians, Government and people, with the Lebanese people in the best and most difficult moments.
"Since we learned this terrible news, the President of the Republic has decided, in coordination with his colleague, President Michel Aoun, an immediate aid to the brotherly Lebanese people to alleviate their pain,” said Djerad.
The Algerian state’s initiative with the participation of the Algerian Red Crescent (CRA) "reflects once again the solidarity of Algeria with all its Arab and Muslim brothers during difficult moments.”
The Premier, who was accompanied by CRA President Saida Benhabiles recalled the depth of the historical and fraternal relations between Algeria and Lebanon.
He instructed the Algerian rescue teams to spare no effort to assist their stricken brothers in Beirut.
The Algerian delegation is composed of a team of firemen, 20 doctors and nurses specialized in disaster medicine and 15 technicians specialized in management and logistics.
It also includes a team of 12 doctors specialized in surgery and intensive care and a team of 5 first-aid workers reporting to the CRA.
The aid sent to Beirut consists of food, medical products, medical and pharmaceutical equipment, beds, blankets and tents.
In addition to these 4 planes, an Algerian ship loaded with building materials to help rebuild what was destroyed by the explosion will also cast off towards that country.
A violent explosion occurred Wednesday in the port of Beirut, killing at least 137 people and injuring 5,000.
The Lebanese capital Beirut was declared "disaster city" by the Lebanese Higher Defense Council, which recommended declaring a "state of emergency" for two renewable weeks.