EU to launch civil defense mechanism to dispatch more than 100 firefighters to Lebanon

China News Agency, Brussels, August 5, after a big explosion occurred in the port area of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on August 5, the European Union announced that it would launch a civil defense mechanism and send more than 100 firefighters to Lebanon to help rescue the wounded. According to the announcement issued by the European Commission on the same day, as the first step of emergency assistance, the European Union has launched the civil defense mechanism at the request of the government of Lebanon. At present, more than 100 well-trained firefighters are urgently dispatched to Lebanon. They will bring vehicles, dogs and other equipment specially used for urban search and rescue to treat the wounded together with the Lebanon authorities. According to the announcement, the Netherlands, Greece and the Czech Republic have confirmed their participation in the rescue operation, France, Poland and Germany have provided assistance to Lebanon through the civil defense mechanism, and other EU member states have also expressed their willingness to assist. The announcement quoted European Commission member in charge of crisis management lenalcic as saying that a large number of people were killed and injured in the explosion. The European Union sympathizes with the shock and grief of the people of Lebanon and expresses its mourning for the victims. In this difficult period, the EU will fully support the people of Lebanon and be ready to provide further assistance to Lebanon. The EU civil defense mechanism was established in 2001 to coordinate the response of participating countries to natural disasters, major accidents and emergencies in Europe and other regions. So far, 34 countries have participated in the mechanism, including 27 EU countries, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, northern Malaysia and Turkey. < / P > < p > in the past, the European Union often launched civil defense mechanisms to deal with major disasters in other countries, such as the earthquake in central Sulawesi province in Indonesia in 2018 and the forest fire in Bolivia in 2019. When the European Union announced the launch of civil defense mechanism to assist Lebanon on May 5, according to the statistics of the government of Lebanon, at least 130 people were killed and nearly 5000 people were injured in the big explosion on April 4 National Day of mourning and an appeal to the international community for assistance.