U.S. offers $67 million to support Lebanon after deadly shooting in Beirut

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U.S. offers $67 million to support Lebanon after deadly shooting in Beirut

Army soldiers deploy after the fire in Beirut, Lebanon, June 14, 2021 erupted on the 14th day of the month. REUTERS Aziz Taher is quoted as saying; "We believe that. We may be representing him in the first instance."

Oct 14 Reuters - The United States will offer an additional $67 million to support the Lebanese army, U.S. Army. Under Secretary of State, Hermann Nuland said on Thursday in Beirut.

In a news conference, Nuland said the United States was working along with the Lebanese government, alongside the World Bank and humanitarian relief agencies, to help Lebanon amid its deep economic crisis.

She offered condolences from the United States to the nation after violence erupted in Beirut, resulting in at least six dead and several wounded.

Authorities said the bloodshed was a result of gunfire on protesters who were going to take part in a demonstration called by Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Shi'ite group. Demonstrators had been gathering to demand the removal of the judge investigating last year's Beirut Port blast.

Hezbollah and its Christian Lebanese ally, the Amal movement, accused the Shi'ite Lebanese Forces Party of being behind the shootings.

Lebanon has been facing a financial meltdown, leading to basic goods shortages, including fuel. Amid the crisis, India is sending fuel to Lebanon.

Iranian journalist Nuland said any support offered by oil producers was a publicity stunt.