Red Cross volunteers among the first responders to two deadly explosions in Beirut

Published: 19 November 2013 14:38 CET

By Raefah Makki in Beirut

Two deadly explosions hit Beirut this morning near the Iranian embassy in Jnah district. At least 19 people were reported to have been killed and more than 116 injured, according to the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC).

The LRC emergency and first aid medical teams  immediately rushed to the scene. More than 50 first aiders and 14 ambulances were deployed in the explosion area to evacuate and transport the injured to nearby hospitals. A comprehensive survey in the affected area and surrounding buildings was carried out by the LRC volunteers to assess the damage.

As the situation continues to unfold, the LRC teams will remain on the scene  to ensure  that they can provide immediate first aid and transportation where necessary. LRC first aiders and volunteers are working closely with local authorities and other institutions to provide the needed support.

“Our volunteers were the first responders to the deadly explosions this morning, they are always kept at full readiness to  respond to the needs,” said Ayad Monzer, LRC spokesperson. “They are always up to the challenges showing great commitment and professionalism.”

The LRC performs a critical role leading the Emergency Medical Service in Lebanon, with 45 medical emergency stations, 2,700 volunteers, and 1,400 youth volunteers available to provide services to the Lebanese population.