Aug 07, 2020 05:50 UTC
  • Russia's emergencies ministry deploys field hospital in Beirut

Russia's ministry of emergencies deployed a field hospital in the blast-stricken capital of Lebanon on Thursday.

The field hospital will treat people with minor injuries from 08:00 in the morning until 20:00 in the evening, but will admit anyone needing emergency treatment around the clock, a representative of the ministry, Alexei Skorobulatov, said.

A plane containing the field hospital and medical personnel arrived in Beirut late on Wednesday.

Russia's emergencies ministry said earlier it was sending five planes with aid to Lebanon. Another plane with equipment for identifying the novel coronavirus infection left the Russian city of Saratov for Beirut on Thursday.

Russia also said all medical staff travelling to Lebanon would be equipped with personal protective gear in light of the pandemic.