The Portuguese Red Cross (CVP) said on Wednesday that Portuguese participation in Beirut “is not out of the question”, where violent explosions have caused at least 100 deaths, but explained that the request must come from the Lebanese organization.
Speaking to Lusa, the Portuguese Red Cross National Emergency Coordinator, Gonçalo Órfão, said that the Portuguese Red Cross is part of the international Red Cross movement.
“We are in close articulation with the International Federation of the Red Cross, which in turn is in close articulation with the Lebanese Red Cross, which is responding at the local level to assess needs on the ground”, said Gonçalo Orphan.
In Portugal, he said, there may be teams available “but the request must come from the Lebanese Red Cross and there” integrated into a larger response “, he explained.
However, “Portuguese participation is not out of the question,” said Gonçalo Órfão, stressing that this possibility is “being properly framed” and “analyzed at the highest levels by the International Federation” of the Red Cross.
Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Tuesday called on “friendly countries” to help the country after the deadly explosions that shook the capital’s port, Beirut.
“I make an urgent appeal to all friendly countries and sister countries that love Lebanon to be on our side and to help us heal our deep wounds,” said the Lebanese executive.
The Portuguese Government has indicated this Wednesday that it has no indication that there are national citizens among the victims.
The violent explosions are believed to have originated from explosive materials confiscated and stored in the port of the Lebanese capital for several years and claimed at least 100 lives and more than 4,000 injuries.
According to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, he revealed that about 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate was stored in the exploding Beirut port depot.