The Dutch Embassy in Lebanon issued the following statement on Thursday:
In the wake of Beirut Port's devastating blast, Dutch minister for Trade and Development Cooperation gave orders to deploy an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team to Beirut to assist search and rescue operations following a request from Lebanon for international assistance.
The Dutch USAR team - 64 rescue workers and 8 sniffer dogs - is composed of firefighters, ambulance personnel, police officers with trackers dogs, military personnel and a trauma doctor.
The team landed in Beirut on Wednesday night and got to work immediately on Thursday morning. The USAR team will assist in the search for survivors and rescue operations in the aftermath of Tuesday's explosion.
The team will operate in Lebanon for a period of maximum ten days. The estimated costs for the mission amount to EUR 1 mln., 25% of which are the transportation costs which will largely be covered by the EU.