Norwegian Red Cross sends ambulances to Lebanon

October 5, 2006 17:55

The Norwegian Red Cross shipped 10 heavy duty ambulances to Lebanon on Thursday to help provide medical assistance in war-damaged areas, officials said. "Damaged roads after the war (with Israel) have made it difficult for normal ambulances to make it through. So we sent 10 off-road ambulances to the Lebanese Red Cross," said Bernt G. Apeland, spokesman for the aid group in Oslo. The ambulances, which are expected to reach Lebanon by late October, were donated by the Norwegian military, with funding from the Foreign Ministry. They are four-wheel-drive and each have space for six patients. All medical and emergency equipment in the units is new, and they can function as fully-equipped field clinics, a statement said.

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