Egypt sends medics to Libya disaster zone

Abdel Fattah EL-SISI (President of Egypt, Egypt)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has instructed the Egyptian Armed Forces to dispatch a Mistral helicopter carrier to serve as a field hospital treating those injured in Libya’s deadly floods, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sisi also asked Egyptian forces and disaster-relief teams heading for Libya to “exert utmost efforts to mitigate the impact” of the disaster, it added.

Meanwhile, the Egyptian president has asked the country’s Western Military Zone to set up camps to accommodate displaced survivors of Libya’s floods, the state-run Ahram newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Egypt has sent three military planes carrying medical supplies, food, and rescuers to neighboring Libya, local media reported.

According to official data, at least 5,300 people are feared dead and over 10,000 others went missing after heavy floods hit eastern Libya on Sunday.

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