Lebanese army receives sixth instalment of Qatari aid – Middle East Monitor

The Lebanese army yesterday received the sixth batch of Qatari financial aid aimed at supporting the army in the midst of the crisis facing the country, i.e. Anadolu reported.

A statement issued by the command of the Lebanese army said that the aid given by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, falls within the framework of the Doha initiative to support the army and to improve the living conditions of the personnel.

The Commander of the Army, General Joseph Aoun, welcomed the move, considering it “extremely important” in view of the crisis facing Lebanon at the moment.

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The statement revealed that the army command started distributing the donation “equally” to all military personnel.

In June 2022, the Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced $60 million in financial aid to support the Lebanese army, and the first batch arrived in August.

A Lebanese military source said at the time that the first installment has been earmarked to support the salaries of army personnel.

Like all sectors in Lebanon, the army’s living conditions have deteriorated due to the economic crisis facing Lebanon since 2019, as the local currency has lost more than 95 percent of its value against the US dollar, crushing down most of the soldiers. wages less than $50 per month and officer wages to less than $100.

The army is also struggling to secure its basic needs of food, medicine and maintenance equipment.

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