A Turkish aid agency has distributed some 400 tons of wheat in Lebanon since the deadly blast that rocked the capital Beirut in early August. A symbolic ceremony was held in Beirut on the state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) delivering the wheat aid to the Lebanese army. In a speech during the ceremony, the Turkish ambassador to Beirut, Hakan Cakil, said that Turkish aid to Lebanon continues without interruption. The diplomat went on to say that the Turkish aid includes medical supplies, medicine, and food parcels.
On Aug. 4, a huge explosion in the port of Beirut rocked the city, killing 191 people and injuring over 6,000 people, while dozens remain missing. The World Food Programme (WFP) has expressed serious concern about food security in Lebanon after stockpiles of food were lost in the devastating explosion. The blast has destroyed the silos where the country’s staple food stocks were stored. The silos contain essential grain reserves including wheat, corn and barley, and serve as strategic storage for about 85 percent of the country’s cereals. Lebanon imports up to 80 percent of its food needs and has been suffering from bread shortages. The Port of Beirut is Lebanon’s main sea port, and one of the busiest harbours in the Eastern Mediterranean.