Cyprus sends money and aid to neighbour Lebanon

Cyprus has sent over 200 tonnes of vital humanitarian aid to neighboring Lebanon since the devastating blast which destroyed parts of Beirut earlier this month.

According to the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia, the humanitarian aid comes in addition to financial assistance of €5 million.

The explosion – which was even heard in parts of Cyprus – was caused by tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in the port, not far from Beirut city centre.

It is estimated that the blast caused up to $15 billion in damage as well as leaving 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless.

To make matters worse, UN aid agencies say that a humanitarian crisis could erupt given Lebanon imports over 80 percent of its food.

Even before the blast, Lebanon was suffering a deep economic crisis and struggling to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.