2021-May-18 05:39
2021-March-11  15:11

Iran's Red Crescent Signs Contract to Purchase Russian Helicopters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Red Crescent Society (IRCS) on Thursday inked a contract with a Russian company to buy helicopters for relief and rescue operations.

Chief of IRCS Karim Hemmati said that Iran’s Red Crescent Society has had an active presence in different domestic and international disasters and rescue operations, as its presence in Beirut Blast and Sisakht earthquake set two records for the organization last year.  

“In Beirut blast, we were at the scene in less than 24 hours and in Sisakht earthquake we were on the scene in less than an hour and thanks God, we were able to help the injured,” he added.  

Hemmati said that the IRCS is among the world’s top five humanitarian organizations with more than two million volunteer members working with the agency in different ways.

Spokesman for Iran's Red Crescent Society Mohammad Nasiri announced in August that tens of shipments of humanitarian aid cargos have been sent from Iran to Lebanon.

Nasiri said that Iran's Red Crescent Society has set up field hospitals in Beirut and dispatched 159 humanitarian aid shipments to Lebanon.

"2,500 people in Beirut benefited from the relief services of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, until Saturday, and now 18 Red Crescent specialists and subspecialists are present at the Red Crescent Society Hospital in Beirut," he added.

On the 4th of August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 210 deaths and 7,500 injuries.