An Italian navy ship providing supplies for the earthquake zone in Syria lands in Beirut

Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani tweeted on Friday that an Italian navy ship has arrived at the port in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, carrying supplies for those affected by the deadly earthquakes that devastated Syria last week.

The tweet stated, “Relief materials given by the civilian protection agency which are headed for Syria have recently docked in Beirut on board the Italian navy’s ship San Marco.”

The tweet emphasised that “Italy is at the forefront of efforts to support populations devastated by the earthquakes.”

The foreign ministry reported this weekend that four ambulances, 14 physicians, and other medications and medical equipment were being airlifted to Beirut before being transported by land to Syria.

Moreover, Italy has dispatched search and rescue teams, medical volunteers, field hospitals, firefighters, and police to assist in the areas affected by the earthquakes in southwest Syria and southern Turkey.

One million euros have been given to Turkey and 750,000 euros have been given to Syria as part of an emergency grant from the foreign ministry to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for first aid, housing, sanitation, and protection for earthquake victims.
Italy has given the Syrian Red Crescent an additional million euros for first aid operations, according to the foreign ministry.

The United Nations made an appeal this week for 1.4 billion dollars to help the over five million people in Turkey and Syria who were affected by the devastating earthquakes on February 6 that claimed approximately 44,000 lives.

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