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U.S. to give extra $67 mln to Lebanon’s military, says senior U.S. official

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Oct 14 (Reuters) – The United States will supply an extra $67 million to assist the Lebanese military, U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland mentioned in Beirut on Thursday.

Speaking at a news convention, Nuland mentioned the United States was working with the Lebanese authorities, alongside the World Bank and humanitarian reduction businesses, to assist the nation amid its deep financial disaster.

She provided condolences from the United States to the nation after violence erupted in Beirut, leading to no less than six useless and a number of other others wounded.

Authorities mentioned the bloodshed was a results of gunfire on protesters who have been going to participate in an illustration referred to as by Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shi’ite group. Demonstrators had been gathering to demand the elimination of the decide investigating final 12 months’s Beirut port blast.

Hezbollah and its Shi’ite ally, the Amal motion, accused the Christian Lebanese Forces get together of being behind the shootings.

Lebanon has been dealing with a monetary meltdown, main to shortages of primary items, together with gasoline. Amid the disaster, Iran has despatched gasoline to Lebanon.

Nuland mentioned any assist provided by oil producing Iran was a “publicity stunt”.

Reporting by Lilian Wagdy; Editing by Edmund Blair

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