Five tons of humanitarian aid is on its way to Lebanon from the newly built Ayia Napa marina on Thursday in an initiative coordinated by the marina together with the Constantia-Famagusta Bishopric, with the participation of the ministry of defence and the national guard.
The operation began at 9am and will involve four large boats delivering food and medicine to the people of Beirut after a deadly blast on August 4 killed over 200 people in the capital, leaving thousands homeless.
“Our Lebanese neighbours are experiencing the tragic consequences of the blast and of the war, we fully understand their struggle and we will want to help them as much as we can,” Ayia Napa marina director Constantinos Fititris said.
“This operation will also contribute to the improvement of the relations between the two countries, which go beyond political reasons.”
Fititris added that the entire initiative was the brainchild of the marina and the Famagusta Bishopric, which actively started collecting food and aid in the Famagusta district right after the blast.
“We started collecting aid from all our communities and parishes immediately after the blast in order to send them to our Lebanese friends in need, regardless whether they Christian or not,” Father Iraklidios Chiouros said on behalf of the Famagusta Bishopric.
“The initiative has become a reality today and I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone involved,” he added.