France will send a civil security detachment and "several tons of medical equipment" to Beirut, the capital devastated by two huge explosions which killed at least 78 people, announced President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter. "Emergency physicians will also reach Beirut as quickly as possible to strengthen hospitals. France is already engaged," added the head of state. Emmnuel Macron had already assured Tuesday evening his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun of France's support and announced the delivery of "French aid and resources" to Beirut.
During the interview, the president expressed "his support and that of France for the Lebanese people", declared the Elysee Palace on Tuesday evening. "French aid and resources are on the way," added the same source without further details.
"France stands alongside Lebanon"
Earlier in the evening, Emmanuel Macron had expressed his "fraternal solidarity with the Lebanese after the explosion which caused so many victims and damage this evening in Beirut. France stands alongside Lebanon. Always", in a message written in French and Arabic on Twitter.
Bodies lying on the ground, devastated buildings, wrecks of cars: two huge explosions in the port of Beirut on Tuesday left at least 73 dead and 3,700 injured, and caused scenes of devastation and panic in the Lebanese capital, declared a "disaster" city .