CAIRO / BEIRUT — In response to the appeal made by the Middle East Council of Churches, Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, Tawadros II, sent humanitarian aid, including 26 tons of food and medical resources, to Beirut via two military aircraft to assist in relief efforts in wake of the horrific 4 August explosion at the city’s port.
The two planes were received by Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Yasser Alawi, accompanied by a delegation from the Egyptian Embassy in Lebanon and a delegation of the Middle East Council of Churches headed by Father Gabi Hashim. In addition to the Al-Azhar representative in Lebanon, Representative of Dar al-Fatwa Sheikh Zuhair Kubba, and representatives of the Lebanese and Egyptian armies.
Father Gabi Hashim thanked Pope Tawadros II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, stressing that the Middle East Council of Churches continues its humanitarian message. In addition, its team in Beirut has been working hard to receive relief aid from churches and friends in various countries of the world to contribute to the revival of Beirut.