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First fuel shipment from Iran enters crisis-hit Lebanon

Cairo, Sep 16 (EFE).- The first Iranian fuel shipment secured by Tehran’s close ally Hezbollah to help ease a severe shortage in Lebanon arrived in the country Thursday.

“The truck convoy breaking the US siege has arrived in Lebanon through the border crossing with Syria in the northern Bekaa Valley,” the Shiite group’s al-Manar TV said.

One of the first two convoys carrying Iranian diesel, which is necessary to keep electrical generators running in a country suffering from hours-long blackouts every day, entered the Lebanese town of Hermel, as more deliveries are on their way, according to al-Manar.

Last month, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said that Iran would send Lebanon supplies to ease the Arab country’s worsening oil shortage and crippling economic crisis.

Hezbollah’s arrangement comes in violation of the US sanctions imposed on Iran since 2018.

Hezbollah plans to donate a certain amount of the fuel to hospitals, orphanages and nursing homes, while the rest will be put up for sale at lower prices at gas stations.

Lebanon has been grappling with its worst economic crisis since its years-long civil war ended in 1990.EFE


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