ATHENS — Some 180 tons of humanitarian aid from Greece were delivered to the port of Beirut, Lebanon, by the Greek Navy's "Ikaria" landing ship on Thursday.
Ikaria sailed off from Salamina island carrying a second load of medical and pharmaceutical supplies, food and basic goods, including construction material. Greece's first delivery of aid took place on August 12.
The aid was donated by at least 60 Greek companies in 17 days following the Lebanese Foreign Affairs Ministry's call for help and the Greek prime minister's initiative, to help in the aftermath of the August 4 fatal blast which flattened the port of Beirut and destroyed large parts of the city.
Contributions included private sector businesses, the Lebanese Embassy in Greece, the Greek-Lebanese Association, and the Greek Communist Party's workers union PAME.