Jordan: Govt sends field hospital and aid to help Beirut after deadly blasts

The Jordanian government sent a military field hospital to Beirut to help treat those injured in the deadly blasts in the city's port and alleviate the burden on Lebanese healthcare workers, on Thursday. A Royal Jordanian Air Force's aircraft could be seen being loaded with supplies and personnel at Amman Civil Airport. «This hospital consists of 48 beds, and ten other ICU beds as well as two operation rooms, and it will also be equipped with the needed services and medical staff,» confirmed Brigadier General of the Jordanian Armed Forces Talal Al-Ghabain. The powerful explosions, which took the lives of at least 135 people and injured at least 5,000, according to preliminary reports, took place on Tuesday afternoon. «I assure you that the hospital will be ready to operate tomorrow and will start receiving patients in Lebanon,» stated Al-Ghabain. The blasts are thought to have been caused by the still unexplained ignition of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive chemical material which was reportedly stored without precautionary measures at the port, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab. Results of an investigation into the causes of the explosion are expected to be released in the upcoming days.
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