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Finland to send rescue experts and aid to Beirut 

At least 135 people died in the blast.

Vyn visar förstörda byggnader brand i hamnen efter explosionen i Beirut. Rök stiger upp från huset och en helikopter som deltar i släckningsarbetena flyger förbi.
Buildings on fire at the Beirut port after the deadly explosion on Tuesday. Image: AFP / Lehtikuva

The Ministry of Interior has announced that Finland will be sending aid and expert assistance to Lebanon, where a deadly explosion devastated the capital city Beirut on Tuesday.

In a press release, the ministry stated that Finland will send a Finn Rescue - Technical Assistance and Support Team (TAST) trained in international rescue operations to Beirut. The team's tasks include supporting a team coordinating international aid.

Finland is also sending material aid which will include medical and hygiene supplies, among others.

Lebanon had requested international assistance from EU's civil protection mechanism that aims to improve prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. Finland is a member of this body.

The Ministry of the Interior said it is working with the Finnish Red Cross to procure and transport the supplies.

At least 135 people died and thousands were injured in the deadly explosion, which is estimated to have caused damage across half of Beirut.

One Finnish national was reportedly injured in the explosion, which completely destroyed the Finnish embassy in Beirut.

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