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Greek first responders touch down in Beirut

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Greece’s Special Disaster Unit (EMAK) search and rescue team touched down in Lebanon on Wednesday to take part in the rescue operations following the Beirut explosion.

The Beirut explosion on Tuesday resulted in significant damage to the city, along with great loss to the Lebanese citizens. Dozens of families are still on the hunt to locate their loved ones who have gone missing after the explosions.

Various countries and world leaders sent their condolences and offered search rescue teams and resources to provide aid to the devastated nation.

Greece’s EMAK unit includes 12 rescue workers and a sniffer dog, two vehicles, and equipment, all with the purpose of locating any survivors and missing people that have disappeared after the blast. The team arrived in Beirut in a C130 military aircraft on Wednesday afternoon accompanied by Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Fragogiannis.

According to the General Secretariat for Civil Protection, Greece is ready to send further aid and assistance if requested. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also pledged that the country is ready to provide medical aid as well if needed.

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